Mirena attorneys of McSweeney / Langevin are providing free legal consultations to individuals and families who have used Mirena and suffered from pseudotumors and intracranial hypertension. If you have been injured by the use of Mirena, call 1-877-542-4646 or use our privatecontact form for a confidential legal consultation.
What is Mirena?
Mirena is an Intrauterine Device (IUD) manufactured by Bayer and used by millions of women around the world to prevent pregnancy. Mirena is different from traditional copper IUDs because it uses the release of the hormone levonorgesterel to prevent pregnancy. Levonorgestrel inhibits sperm from reaching the egg, thins the uterine lining, and thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. All of these factors come together to make pregnancy extremely unlikely. Unfortunately,recent lawsuits have linked Mirena to a number of dangerous side effects. If you or a loved one has been injured by Mirena, give us a call or use our privatecontact form. We can help.
Studies Suggest Link between Mirena and Pseudotumors and Intracranial Hypertension.
Mirena works by releasing the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. For more than twenty years, studies have linked this hormone with various problems in the brain. One of the earliest studies showing a link between levonorgestrel and brain problems, was a 1995 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study showed a connection between levonorgestrel releasing IUDs and intracranial hypertension, a dangerous condition where blood pressure in the brain rises and causes a variety of negative symptoms.
More recently a group of researchers reviewed an FDA database of Mirena side effects. The 2015 study made a disturbing finding: Mirena users reported an unusually high occurrence of intracranial hypertension and papilledema. These conditions can lead to eye damage and, in some cases, even blindness.
One final study in 2017 examined the link between Mirena and pseudotumors, a condition that mimics the effects of brain tumors. The sudy, in the journalNeuro-Opthalmology, reviewed medical records and found that Mirena users were more than seven times more likely to develop pseusotumors.
Could I be suffering from Pseudotumors or Intracranial Hypertension?
Intracranial hypertension and pseudotumor cerebri are different names for similar conditions. Intracranial hypertensions means “high blood pressure within the skull” while pseudotumor cerebri means “false growth within the skull.” Both conditions manifest themselves with symptoms that are reminiscent of a brain tumor.
Some of the most common symptoms of either of these conditions are vision problems (including blindness), severe migraines, and ringing in the ears. The symptoms can become permanent resulting in a lasting disability.
Is there a Mirena Class Action Lawsuit?
There is no Mirena class action lawsuit at this time. However, most large-scale medical device cases end up as part of a Multi-District Litigation (MDL). MDLs streamline litigation and reduce costs to injury victims. Each case in the MDL is handled individually, but all cases are before the same court and subject to the same rules and court orders. Therefore, it is possible for each case in an MDL to settle for different amounts of money. All Mirena lawsuits were transferred to the Southern District of New York in April, 2017, as MDL 2767.
Want to find out if you or a loved one has a Mirena claim?
Please feel free to contact a Mirena attorney using the form below or by dialing1-877-542-4646. One of our experienced Mirena lawyers will help evaluate your claim and explain your legal rights for free. McSweeney / Langevin is providing consultations to individuals throughout the United States. Information provided by email or phone will be kept confidential.