Review: could Yaz cause Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness (Fatigue)?
Summary: Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness is found among people who take Yaz, especially for people who are female, 20-29 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Yasmin, and have Birth control.
We study 29,099 people who have side effects while taking Yaz from FDA and social media. Among them, 486 have Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness. Find out below who they are, when they have Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness and more.
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Yaz has active ingredients of drospirenone; ethinyl estradiol. It is often used in birth control. (latest outcomes from 29,942 Yaz users)
Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness
Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness (feeling of tiredness) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis. (latest reports from 200,498 Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness patients)
On Jan, 4, 2015: 29,097 people reported to have side effects when taking Yaz. Among them, 486 people (1.67%) have Exhaustion, Fatigue, Lethargy, Tiredness, Weariness.
Time on Yaz when people have Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness||6.49%||27.03%||22.70%||25.95%||13.51%||4.05%||0.27% |
Age of people who have Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness when taking Yaz * :
|Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness||0.00%||0.00%||9.48%||34.15%||33.82%||21.24%||1.31%||0.00% |
Severity of Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness when taking Yaz ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness||4.00%||40.00%||52.00%||4.00% |
How people recovered from Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Exhaustion, fatigue, lethargy, tiredness, weariness||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Contraception (253 people, 52.06%)
- Premenstrual syndrome (195 people, 40.12%)
- Acne (121 people, 24.90%)
- Depression (80 people, 16.46%)
- Anxiety (45 people, 9.26%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Yasmin (221 people, 45.47%)
- Ibuprofen (101 people, 20.78%)
- Protonix (46 people, 9.47%)
- Lexapro (44 people, 9.05%)
- Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol (41 people, 8.44%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I remember age 32 being significant for some reason. Upon reflecting back over the years while seeking treatment for a solution out of the psyco cycle I remember referring to age 32 as the year that things were never the same as they were in my 20's.
Mid 30's I had asked my ob/gyn if I could go back on the Ortho Novum 777. I was told that I was too old. This was early 2000's, 2003 or 2004. I was given a different birth control pill that he recommended and I tried that for a while but it wasn't making things better and I don't remember the exact details. I tried bio identical hormones... That wasn't really helpful either, it was more work and a long process that I stuck with for at least a year trying to get the formula right. I finally threw the towel in on that.
Then a different ob/gyn suggested I try progesterone only. He prescribed a pink round ball of a pill. I was to take it the last 10 days of the month. I tried that for 3 or 4 months, it wasn't making things better... in fact I think it made it worse. Then I went cold turkey again for the better part of a year. At age 37, after not finding a doctor that was helping the situation I decided to find a doctor in AZ. I live full time in CA but had a vacation home in AZ so I thought I'd try that for a change.
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The following Wednesday was day 24, that was the last day of taking the pill. I did get a bit of relief after stopping the pill and 4 days later I resumed taking the next months pack on Sunday. The thing is I wouldn't get my period until Tuesday after I started the new pack? I know that my period should have happened between day 24 and 28 but it never did. It always started on day 31 or 32 and lasted 2 to 3 days. Then the whole cycle begins again with day 14.
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Day 1 Sunday
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She asked me when the last time I felt 'normal' with regard to the hormones. I told her that as far as I can recall it was when I was in my 20's when I was taking the Ortho Novum 777. She said why don't we have you start taking that again! I was like, what? I explained I was told I could not take that because of my age and I thought some doctor had told me it had been discontinued years ago anyway. She said no, I can prescribe it to you, it's still available. I was a little excited about that. Maybe... just maybe that would be a solution for relief. My blood pressure is 100/70 always has been low, I don't smoke and I'm 5' 8", 150 pounds. She saw no reason for me not to try it again. We agreed that I would and if it didn't go well we'd try the Yasmin.
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