Mirena IUD Injury Attorneys
Mirena is a type of long-acting, reversible birth control called a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) and is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. An IUD is a small, flexible, T-shaped device that is implanted in the uterus. Mirena uses levonorgesterel– a progestin birth control hormone–and slowly releases a small amount into the uterus over time. Because it releases hormones directly into the uterus, it releases a lower level of hormones into the body than oral contraceptive pills. Mirena is unique as it is not only classified as a medical device but also a medication due to the release of levonorgesterel.
Mirena was approved in 2000 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is one of two hormonal IUDs approved for use in the United States. In 2009, the FDA expanded Mirena’s approval to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women already using an IUD. It is more than 99 percent effective in controlling pregnancy for up to 5 years, at which point the implant must be replaced. Mirena is recommended for women who have already had a child.
Mirena is highly effective at preventing pregnancy, but some women may experience dangerous, life-threatening side effects such as perforation of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus). The device may also spontaneously move from the uterus and embed in other parts of the body such as the uterine wall or abdomen, requiring difficult surgery to remove. Women who have experienced some of these side effects filed lawsuits against Bayer claiming that the company did not properly warn of these side effects. This litigation has been ongoing for quite some time. With rare exceptions, our office is no longer handling claims of injury by the device. If you believe you were severely injured by the device, contact us IMMEDIATELY.
Mirena IUD and Pseudotumor Cerebri
Loncar Lyon Jenkins has become aware that the Mirena IUD may increase the chances of developing pseudotumor cerebri (also known as intracranial hypertension or benign intracranial hypertension), creating a new potential avenue for legal action against the manufacturers. The cause of this has been linked to the levonorgesterel medication released from the device. Pseudotumor cerebri is a neurological condition resulting from an abnormal elevation of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull. This medical condition increases pressure in the skull, mimicking symptoms of a brain tumor. These symptoms include:
- Obscuration (grey spots, dimming or blackout of vision)
- Diplopia (double vision)
- Tinnitus (buzzing in the ears)
Untreated pseudotumor cerebri can progress into optic nerve complications causing complete blindness. Diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri is typically done via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or spinal tap. Treatments vary from medication to a surgically implanted shunt that drains the excess fluid from the brain.
If you have used the Mirena IUD and have experienced complications which required laparoscopic surgical removal of the device or have experienced pseudotumor cerebri, contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins immediately to discuss your legal rights. Call our office at 1.800.285.4878 or use the link on the right side of this page. Loncar Lyon Jenkins Mirena IUD lawsuit evaluations are free and you pay nothing unless a recovery is obtained. Loncar Lyon Jenkins is investigating cases in all 50 states.