The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is designed to prevent pregnancy by being implanted in the uterus and slowly releasing hormones. The manufacturer, Bayer, is facing Mirena IUD lawsuits for allegedly creating a defective device and not warning of serious side effects from using the device. As of October 2015, there were over 1,000 lawsuits against Mirena pending in federal court. Out of these cases, a group of women are claiming that they have suffered serious side effects of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) after being implanted with the Mirena IUD.
What Is PTC?
The hormone used in the Mirena IUD is suspected to cause an increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). This condition, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), occurs when there is an excess of fluid in the skull and causes pressure around the brain. The symptoms mimic a brain tumor by causing headache, nausea, vomiting and ringing in the ear. If left untreated, the condition can also lead to blindness. To treat the condition, some patients respond to medication. However, if medication is ineffective, surgery is required to drain the fluid and decrease the pressure.
Does Mirena Have A Warning For PTC?
The issue is that the prescribing information found inside the packaging for Mirena does not include warnings for the serious side effects of PTC or IIH. Because of this, lawsuits have been filed and allege that Bayer failed to warn doctors and patients of the potential risks effecting the brain. This is particularly alarming since a large amount of published medical research indicated that the hormone used in Mirena was linked to causing PTC. The manufacturer could have simply placed a warning on a piece of paper inside the box, but they did not. As a result, many women were not aware that the Mirena IUD could cause PTC and used the device. Some women who suffered side effects had to undergo numerous brain surgeries due to a PTC complication.
Protect Your Rights
If you or someone you know have suffered serious side effects after being implanted with a Mirena IUD, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced Mirena IUD lawyers, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a Mirena IUD lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.