Mirena, an intrauterine device (IUD) made by Bayer, has recently been linked to a rare neurological side effect called pseudotumor cerebri. This condition can cause permanent brain damage, vision loss, blindness, and other complications.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed pseudotumor cerebri after being implanted with the Mirena IUD, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Mirena and our lawyers can help.
Update: Mirena Lawsuits Centralized in New York
April 26, 2017 – More than 100 federal Mirena lawsuits have been consolidated as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2767) in the District of New York. The complaints allege that the levonorgestrel released by Mirena increases the risk of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), also known as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) and benign intracranial hypertension (BIH).
What is Mirena?
Approved by the FDA in 2000, Mirena is a small, t-shaped intrauterine device that works by releasing a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel directly into the uterus. Like other contraceptive devices, Mirena prevents pregnancy by thinning the line of the uterus, thereby blocking sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg, and by thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the womb.
Pseudotumor Cerebri Symptoms
Pseudotumor cerebri occurs when too much cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the skull, which increases pressure on the brain. This condition, which is also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension and benign intracranial hypertension, produces symptoms that are similar to a brain tumor, which may include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Eye injury (papilledema)
- Buzzing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
- Vision loss
What’s the Problem?
Unfortunately, the labeling of Mirena does not include a warning about pseudotumor cerebri. Lawsuits accuse Bayer of concealing this risk information from the public and medical communities. In August 2014, a panel of federal judges denied a motion to consolidate nine Mirena pseudotumor cerebri lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Mirena Side Effects
In addition to being linked to pseudotumor cerebri, Mirena has been associated with the following serious side effects:
- Device migration
- Perforation of the uterus
- Embedment in the uterine lining
- Erosion of adjacent areas such as the vagina
- Inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and internal organs (Peritonitis)
- Intestinal perforations or obstruction
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Ovarian cysts
- Irregular spotting or bleeding
- Painful menstruation
- Pelvic pain
- Breast tenderness
- Streptococcal sepsis
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Intrauterine pregnancy
- Wrongful death
Do I Have a Mirena Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Mirena Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pseudotumor cerebri cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed pseudotumor cerebri after being implanted with the Mirena IUD, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.