Mirena is a type of long-acting, reversible hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. It is a small T-shaped flexible device that is placed into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider during a routine office visit. Once implanted, Mirena releases small amounts of progestin hormone called Levonorgestrel, locally into the uterus. It provides continuous, highly effective birth control.
It was approved in 2000 by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is one of two hormonal IUDs for use in the United States. In 2009, the FDA expanded Mirena's approval to treat heavy menstrual bleeding in women already using an IUD. It was also claimed to be more than 99 percent effective in controlling pregnancy for up to 5 years, after that the implant needed replacement.
Mirena is marketed as more convenient and effective than oral contraceptives because once implanted, women do not have to worry about taking a daily pill. Additionally, the removal of this device is also quick and hassle-free. However, there were incidences where the device got migrated outside the uterus or got lodged in the uterine wall, some females conceived in spite of the device placement and landed up in undue complications. All these evidences brought Mirena device in trouble.
Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuits: Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), is a condition caused by pressure on the brain from the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid, while on birth control like Mirena. This condtion can lead to severe headaches, migraines, and vision loss/permanent blindness.