Mirena Side Effects
The medical device attorneys at Heninger Garrison Davis are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of users of the Mirena IUD. A large number of women have been diagnosed with a condition called Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) or Intracranial Hypertension (IH or IIH) while the Mirena device was implanted. This condition has symptoms of terrible headaches and increased pressure in the head and brain. It also impacts vision. Many times surgery is required to alleviate symptoms. If you were diagnosed with this condition while the Mirena was implanted, please contact our firm for a free evaluation.
What is Mirena?
The Mirena IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) was introduced by Bayer and approved by the FDA in 2000. It was originally approved as an intrauterine contraceptive, and later as a treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding in women who gave birth.
Mirena is a T-shaped form of birth control that is implanted into the uterus during a doctor’s office visit. It works by slowly releasing the chemical progestogen levonorgestrel into the uterus. Mirena is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 5 years. At that point, the system should be replaced if continued contraception is desired. Mirena is only recommended for women who have had at least one child.
More than 2 million women throughout the U.S. have used Mirena since it was introduced in December 2000, and popularity continues to rise.
The drug label on the Mirena IUD states that using the device might cause the following side effect:
- Diagnosis of PTC (Pseudotumor cerebri): Pseudotumor cerebri occurs when the pressure inside your skull (intracranial pressure) increases for no obvious reason.
Pseudotumor cerebri signs and symptoms may include:
- Moderate to severe headaches that may originate behind your eyes and worsen with eye movement
- Ringing in the ears that pulses in time with your heartbeat (pulsatile tinnitus)
- Nausea, vomiting or dizziness
- Blurred or dimmed vision
- Brief episodes of blindness, lasting only a few seconds and affecting one or both eyes (visual obscurations)
- Difficulty seeing to the side
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Seeing light flashes (photopsia)
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
FDA receives over 45,000 reports of Mirena complications
The FDA has previously warned Bayer about the marketing of Mirena, which failed to disclose safety risks while claiming the devices could help “busy moms” with intimacy and make them “look and feel great.”
If you or a loved one suffered the serious complication of a diagnosis of PTC (Psuedotumor celebri) following usage of a Mirena IUD, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries or injuries of a loved one. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Mirena lawyers at Heninger Garrison Davis for a free evaluation.
Even if you feel you are not ready to file a suit, consult one of our qualified lawyers as soon as possible so that you will know your options. We do not charge any fees upfront. In fact, we will only charge attorney’s fees if we obtain a financial settlement for you. If you don’t win, we won’t get paid a legal fee. Call us today for your free case evaluation 1.800.241.9779.