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Mirena, the brand name of a popular birth-control implant, has been linked to enough dangerous drug cases to consolidate under a mass tort in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

More than 100 lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Mirena, are now proceeding through multidistrict litigation. All are related to a serious side effect: pseudotumor cerebri, or PTC, a dangerous condition that’s being linked to long-term exposure to levonorgestrel, a second-generation synthetic hormone discharged by the Mirena intrauterine device. The Mirena IUD releases 20 micrograms of the hormone into the body each day. If you or a loved one has been harmed by the dangerous side effects of Mirena, it is crucial to get in touch with a Raleigh Mirena IUD lawyer.

Common Signs of Pseudotumor Cerebri

PTC develops when spinal fluid builds up in the brain, creating pressure in the skull and swelling of nerves behind the eyes. The symptoms are frighteningly similar to a brain tumor. If pseudotumor cerebri is not caught in time and treated it can have lasting effects, including blindness.

Mirena users with prolonged exposure to levonorgestrel have reported symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Ringing/”whooshing” sound in ears
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Stiffness in neck
  • Nausea
  • Forgetfulness

Why is Levonorgestrel the Problem?

Levonorgestrel is a synthetic (manmade through a chemical process), rather than natural hormone, such as progesterone. The natural form has not been linked to PTC, so there appears to be an issue with the way levonorgestrel is made and released into the body as a long-term birth control method.

Bayer must be held accountable if it knew about the possible risks of this form of hormone and did not properly warn the public. With no label warning about the product’s possible increased risk of developing PTC, the Mirena IUD continues to be implanted daily at doctor’s offices around the country.

Contacting a Raleigh Mirena IUD Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been officially diagnosed with PTC, the Mirena device should be removed immediately. After you have limited any future exposure to the hormone in question, please call the experienced Raleigh dangerous drug and defective device attorneys at Whitley Law Firm.

In addition to helping existing Mirena victims, who have suffered devastating effects of the device migrating in the body, dedicated lawyers are also carefully reviewing new Mirena-PTC linked cases. Please call experienced Raleigh attorneys today for a free evaluation.