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Wilson Kehoe Winingham is now accepting clients who have taken hormonal birth control and were diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
Depo-Provera, also known as Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (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.
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 prevent 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 IUDs (ParaGard) and hormonal IUDs (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.
Depo-Provera is associated with common side effects such as delayed or weakened menstruation periods, altered sex drive, 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) and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
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.
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 or a loved one have used a hormonal contraceptive and have been diagnosed with PTC or IIH, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Drug Injury Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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