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You’re Taking Hormonal Birth Control, But Are You Aware of the Devastating Risks?

November 17, 2016 Drug Injuries

The drug injury attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham are accepting cases for women who have taken hormonal birth controls and were diagnosed with psuedotumor cerebri (PTC) or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You may also fill out a contact form below.

What are Depo-Provera Shots?

Depo-Provera, also known as Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate or DMPA, is a long-acting, hormonal contraceptive birth control shot manufactured by Pfizer. One injection can help prevent pregnancy for up to three months. Depo-Provera uses progestin, a form of the hormone progesterone, which plays a role in the female menstrual cycle. Progestin can help stop the ovulation cycle, preventing eggs from exiting the ovaries. Progestin also thickens the cervix, making it nearly impossible for sperm to enter the uterus.

Depo-SubQ Provera 104 is alternative type of Depo-Provera that can be taken subcutaneously in lower doses. Both medications use progestin as a long-term yet reversible birth control solution.

What Are Liletta and IUDs?

Liletta is an intrauterine device, or IUD, designed for long-term birth control. An IUD, once implanted in the uterus, gradually releases hormones to both prevent sperm from reaching eggs, and eggs from implanting inside the wall of the uterus. IUDs are the most popular alternative to birth control pills and injections, and they can last for several years with little maintenance. They’re also completely reversible; IUDs can be removed from the uterus at any time and a woman will retain her ability to reproduce normally thereafter.

Two types of IUDs are available in the United States: nonhormonal copper IUD (ParaGard) and hormonal (Liletta, Mirena, Skyla). Liletta is the latest brand of hormonal IUD, introduced in 2015 by Actavis as a low-cost option for women seeking contraception. Like Depo-Provera, Liletta releases the hormone progestin into the body to alter the ovulation cycle.

Psuedotumor Cerebri (PTC) Linked to Depo-Provera, Lilleta, and IUDs

Depo-Provera is associated with common side effects such as delayed or weakened menstruation periods, altered sex drives, depression, and weight gain. Most of these side effects are temporary. However, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, progestin hormones are shown to have links to pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).

What is Psuedotumor Cerebri (PTC)?

PTC is a condition that causes the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull and mirrors the symptoms of a brain tumor. Fluid buildup puts pressure on the brain and interferes with sense perception, balance, and motor control. Symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, severe headaches or migraines, and blurred vision.

While painful and disorienting, this condition is not fatal and can be treated. PTC/IIH is difficult to detect with an MRI or CT scan, but once the possibility of a brain tumor is eliminated, PTC/IIH can be tested for with a spinal tap. Treatment options involve the insertion of a shunt inside the skull to drain fluids, and medication to help control fluid buildup. There is no known cure for PTC or IIH.

Speak With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Indianapolis

Many concerned women who suffer from PTC/IIH seek to hold drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies responsible for failing to warn patients of the health risks associated with their birth control.

If you have used a hormonal contraceptive and have been diagnosed with PTC or IIH, talk to your doctor and call an Indiana medical injury attorney. Even if you have not yet been diagnosed, you may be eligible for a drug injury lawsuit if you experience symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, headache, blurred vision, and blindness.

In a drug injury lawsuit, you can seek recovery for your suffering, medical costs, and lost wages. The experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham can provide you proper legal protection and guidance. Call one of our experienced Indianapolis personal injury attorneys today 317.920.6400 for a free consultation, or fill out our contact form below.

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