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Mirena Benign Intracranial Hypertension Lawsuit

Mirena Benign Intracranial Hypertension Lawsuit

Mirena contains hormones that have been linked to Benign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH), a neurological condition that causes high levels of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull. If it is not diagnosed in time, it can cause blindness.

What You Can Do & How a Mirena Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently investigating lawsuits on behalf of women who have used Mirena and subsequently been diagnosed with Benign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH). If you or a loved one was injured, contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Mirena?

Mirena is a T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) that prevents pregnancy by slowly releasing levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of the progestin hormone, directly into a woman’s uterus. Once inserted, it is approved to prevent pregnancy for up to five years.

What is the problem?

The problem is that women suffering from chronic headaches and vision problems may not be aware that Mirena could be to blame. Mirena contains levonorgestrel, a hormone that has been associated with dozens of cases of Benign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH).

One of the first studies linking levonorgestrel with BIH was published in 1995 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

BIH increases levels of cerebrospinal fluid, which puts pressure on the brain and damages optic nerves. If left untreated, it can cause papilledema (swelling of the optic disc), nerve damage, and blindness. Because the condition is not “benign” (harmless), BIH is now known as Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH).

Symptoms may include:

  • Migraine headache
  • Double-vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Blindness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Nausea
  • Light-sensitivity
  • And more

Mirena and Headaches

In clinical trials, headaches or migraines were reported by 7.7% of women. Headaches are also one of the most common signs of BIH. Although it is not clear that the conditions are related, women on Mirena with very severe migraine headaches should be evaluated by a doctor and discontinue Mirena if necessary.

Mirena Lawsuits

Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, is facing at least 9 lawsuits from women who were diagnosed with BIH. These women are concerned that the label on Mirena does not include warnings about BIH, despite the fact that Mirena contains 52-mg of levonorgestrel.

Inadequate risk information could potentially delay diagnosis of BIH and increase the risk of long-term complications, such as blindness. Women who have filed lawsuits accuse Bayer of downplaying this risk information.

Attorneys requested the centralization of the lawsuits in federal court in May 2014, but they were denied. Instead of a class action, each case will proceed individually at the state court level.

As the number of lawsuits linking Mirena and BIH continues to increase, women who are suffering from neurological symptoms (migraines, vision loss, etc.) should consider seeking legal advice. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you could potentially receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, disability, lost income, and more.

Do I have a Mirena Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently investigating lawsuits on behalf of women who have used Mirena and subsequently been diagnosed with Benign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH). If you or a loved one was injured, contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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