Compassionate, Experienced Defective Medical Device Attorneys 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 drug case.
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 to provide the best possible results under any circumstances.
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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.
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