Mirena IUD – Pseudotumor Cerebri
Compassionate, Experienced Defective Medical Device in New York
If you have used, or are currently using the IUD contraceptive, Mirena,
you could be at risk. Mirena has been linked to a list of serious side
effects, the most dangerous being pseudotumor cerebri, a condition similar
to a brain tumor. If you have experienced any side effects from Mirena,
including loss of vision, tinnitus, or nausea, you may have a dangerous
At Sullivan & Brill, LLP, our attorneys understand how frightening
and frustrating it can be to suffer serious side effects after using a
medical device you trusted. Since 2001, we have been helping individuals
and families in New York fight for justice and compensation for personal
injuries. We are dedicated to each of our clients and we are determined
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What is Mirena?
Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) used to prevent pregnancy. Created
in Finland in 1993, Mirena was later purchased by Bayer Pharmaceuticals
and approved by the FDA for sale in the U.S. in 2000. It is currently
available in more than 100 countries.
The t-shaped plastic device is inserted into the woman’s uterus,
where it releases localized hormones into the body to thicken the cervical
mucus, stop sperm from reaching the egg, and thin the mucus lining. Because
the device works in so many different ways to prevent pregnancy, Bayer
claims Mirena is 99% effective, which adds to its popularity with consumers.
It can be used for up to 5 years, after which time it should be replaced.
Currently, more than 2 million women in the U.S. use Mirena as a form
of birth control.
Possible Side Effects of Mirena
Most of the common side effects of Mirena are similar to those of other
contraceptive pills and devices. Mirena may cause cramping, spotting,
dizziness, depression, or mood swings, all of which are considered minor
side effects. However, some patients have suffered much more serious issues.
Serious side effects include:
- Expulsion of the device
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- The development of ovarian cysts
- Pelvic Infections
- Organ perforation
- Pseudotumor Cerebri
If you experience any unusual symptoms, including severe cramping, fever,
pain or bleeding during sex, abdominal pain, loss of vision, nausea or
vomiting, severe headaches, or neck stiffness, you should see your doctor
immediately. The dangers of Mirena are still relatively new, and some
medical professionals may not be aware of these dangers. Make sure you
see a doctor who is familiar with Mirena complications.
About Pseudotumor Cerebri
Pseudotumor cerebri, also called intracranial hypertension, is a serious
issue that mimics the symptoms of a brain tumor. Caused by the build-up
of pressure in the brain, pseudotumor cerebri can cause serious headaches
and permanent vision problems. This neurological condition typically occurs
most frequently in obese women of childbearing age, but recent studies
indicate that hormonal birth control devices, like Mirena, can increase
the risk of developing the condition. While pseudotumor cerebri is treatable,
the side effects of the pressure on the brain can create lasting issues
in certain cases, especially if it is not treated quickly.
Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri caused by Mirena may include:
- Severe or chronic headaches
- Dizziness and nausea
- Vision problems
- Ringing or “whooshing” in the ears, or tinnitus
- Difficulty walking due to motor neurological problems
- Neck stiffness
Mirena Lawsuits Against Bayer
The Mirena manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, has received numerous complaints
about the dangerous side effects caused by their IUD birth control. Lawsuits
have alleged the manufacturer failed to make the increased risk of developing
pseudotumor cerebri known to the public. They also argue that medical
professionals who use the device should have been notified of the risks
so that they might better assess the potential danger to each patient.
Let Our Personal Injury Lawyers Help You!
Many women have suffered permanent damage as a result of pseudotumor cerebri,
including blindness in one or both eyes. If you were negatively affected
by Mirena, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages. Damages
may include current and future medical expenses, loss of wages, as well
as pain and suffering.
Contact Sullivan & Brill, LLP
to get started.