With over 51% of pregnancies in the United States being unplanned and occurring because of misuse or forgetting to take the pill, it is no wonder that IUD birth control products like Mirena are on the rise.
Mirena is a small t-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) that once inserted, promises an effortless birth control solution for women and their partners.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the increased use of Mirena has led to fewer unplanned pregnancies and abortions. In fact, more than two million women in the United States have used Mirena since the devices approval by the FDA in 2000.
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Mirena Side Effects & Complications On The Rise
Unfortunately, the increased use of Mirena throughout the years has also led to severe, life-threatening IUD complications and in some cases deadly outcomes for for a number of Mirena users.
Since Mirena’s approval in 2000, there have been approximately 70,000 complaints made to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration accusing the product of causing side effects and other Mirena complications.
Thousands of women have signed up to participate in Mirena IUD lawsuits against the manufacturer accusing Bayer Pharmaceuticals of hiding evidence that Mirena has the potential to cause serious side effects like organ perforation, IUD migration, and in some cases a debilitating side effect called pseudotumor cerebri.
If you are a loved one has suffered complications from Mirena you are not alone. It is important to understand that you have rights in pursuing a Mirena lawsuit against the manufacturers of the dangerous medical device.
Mirena and Pseudotumor Cerebri
Pseudotumor cerebri (pronounced: SOO-doe-too-mur SER-uh-bry) is a rare medical condition that occurs when pressure inside ones skull increases for no obvious reason. It is also referred to as PTC and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Pseudotumor cerebri affects under 200,000 people in the US per year.
The symptoms of Mirena induced pseudotumor cerebri will generally include headaches and blurred vision but below are some additional symptoms of PTC:
- Vision changes (like double vision) or vision loss
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Neck stiffness
- Persistent ringing in the ears (pulsatile tinnitus)
- Forgetfulness and/or depression
If you suspect that you have pseudotumor cerebri, you should talk with your doctor right away. A doctor will use one or a combination of tests to diagnose pseudotumor cerebri. Some of these tests may include an eye exam by an ophthalmologist, brain imaging test with a MRI or CT scan, and/or a spinal tap or lumbar puncture.
If it is determined that you have Mirena induced pseudotumor cerebri, your doctor will want to treat the condition to ease the symptoms and to keep your eyesight from worsening. The treatment regimen will most definitely include medications but may also include pseudotumor cerebri surgery.
Does Mirena Cause Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Yes. In the United States, there are two types of IUD’s available to women seeking this kind of birth control product. The first type of IUD is copper based and does not release hormones when inserted. The second type of IUD (Mirena) is made of plastic and works by releasing a hormone called levonorgestrel.
According to Johns Hopkins University, “women are nine times more likely to get pseudotumor cerebri than men.” The role of hormones is not completely understood but reports have surfaced showing Mirena to be directly linked to the development of pseudotumor cerebri.
In fact, back in 1995 the New England Journal of Medicine published an article linking the hormone levonorgestrel (this is the hormone in Mirena) with pseudotumor cerebri or idiopathic intracranial hypertension. The evidence linking Mirena and pseudotumor cerebri has only grown since this article published over twenty years ago.
More recently and in 2015, scientists were reviewing the FDA database of adverse event reporting when they found an unusually high number of reports linking Mirena to pseudotumor cerebri. The report was published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine and titled, “Risk of intracranial hypertension with intrauterine levonorgestrel.”
In 2017 a report published by the medical journal Neuro-Opthalmology and titled, “An Estimation of the Risk of Pseudotumor Cerebri among Users of the Levonorgestrel Intrauterine Device” concluded that:
Women who used Mirena were over seven times more likely to develop pseudotumor cerebri.
What type of Mirena lawsuits are the lawyers accepting at this time?
Lawyers pursuing Mirena lawsuits are currently accepting the following types of cases:
- Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC)
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)
- Vision problems like blurred vision or blindness
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Balance issues
Currently Mirena pseudotumor cerebri lawsuits have been centralized in the Southern District of New York before the Honorable Paul A. Engelmayer. The formal name for this MDL is “RE: Mirena IUS Levonorgestrel-Related Products Liability Litigation (No. II) — MDL No. 2767.”
The process of centralizing lawsuits into a MDL or Multidistrict litigation is a common way for plaintiffs and defendants to move forward with pharmaceutical cases in the U.S. It also allows the Mirena plaintiff lawyers to pool their resources and work together in a David vs. Goliath sort of way when battling against Bayer’s Pharmaceuticals defense team.
If you have been diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri from Mirena, you should contact a Mirena lawyer to represent you in a lawsuit. Your case will be individual in nature (unlike a class action lawsuit) but your lawyer will likely file it into the Mirena MDL. We know that this probably sounds confusing so if you have questions, please contact a Mirena lawyer to get your questions answered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Mirena cause headaches? If you or a loved one are experiencing headaches, you should talk with your doctor right away. One of the primary symptoms of pseudotumor ceribri is headaches.
What are the Mirena lawsuit settlement amounts? The lawsuits against Mirena are pending in a Federal court MDL. There have been no settlement amounts relating to the pseudotumor lawsuit.
Is there a Mirena class action lawsuit? No. There have not been any Mirena class actions filed. All of the lawsuits related to organ perforation, device migration and pseudotumor are individual cases filed in Federal court MDLs.
What is going on with the Mirena lawsuit TV ads? There are a number of law firms advertising their services by airing Mirena lawsuit television ads. Hiring a Mirena lawyer is an important decision. We suggest that you do your homework on the law firm(s) you are considering hiring to represent you in a Mirena lawsuit.