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Does Mirena Cause Intracranial Hypertension aka Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC)?

Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC for short) is a debilitating condition that arises when fluid accumulates in the brain creating pressure in the skull. PTC is also known as intracranial hypertension. The increased pressue in the skull is known to cause severe migraine-like headaches. Also, the pressure can cause the optic nerves to swell (papilledema) leading to blurred or double vision or even loss of vision.

The birth control hormone, levonorgestrel, is known to cause PTC or papilledema. In fact, many FDA-regulated products containing levonorgestrel warn of these conditions. However, the Mirena IUD, which releases levonorgestrel, does not!

The Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC is investigating the link between use of Mirena and the development of PTC or papilledema. Although levonorgestrel is known to be associated with these conditions, there is no warning on the label for Mirena to advise physicians to remove the Mirena IUD if a patient develops PTC. Our attorneys are pursuing claims that Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena, failed to warn doctors and their female patients that use of the Mirena IUD can cause pseudutumor cerebri or intracranial hypertension.

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