By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer
Implanon (etonogestrel implant) is a non-oral contraceptive that is implanted in the upper arm. While it is a convenient form of birth control that lasts three years without the need to take a daily pill or get repeated injections, it is also known to cause serious and potentially fatal side effects including blood clots, implant migration, ectopic pregnancy, and pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). Women are seeking compensation for their Implanon injuries from Merck & Co., Inc.
Implanon is a matchstick-sized implant inserted the upper arm. Removal should only take about five minutes, but the implant can migrate and get lost. When it migrates, it can move to the pulmonary artery in the lung. Implanon cannot be found with an x-ray and can be impossible to find once it has migrated. Therefore, removal can be impossible.
Implanon was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. It was on the market for three years before it was replaced with Nexplanon which contains barium, so that it can be found by X-ray, CT-scan, MRI, or ultrasound. Implanon is no longer used in the U.S.
Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) is a very painful condition that has symptoms mimicking brain tumor. In PTC, there is cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull putting pressure on the brain. Women with PTC can experience:
- Severe headaches
- Double vision, blurred vision, and/or light sensitivity
- Seeing flashes of light
- Other vision changes
- Vision loss or permanent blindness due to pressure on the optic nerve
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Balance loss
- Difficulty walking
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Neck stiffness
Other Implanon Side Effects
Implanon has also been associated with other side effects including:
- Weight gain
- Irregular bleeding
- Infection in the arm
- Pain in the arm
- Scarring or discoloration of the skin over the implant
- Sore breasts
- Dangerously high blood pressure
If you have been harmed by Implanon, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your injuries, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, physical pain and suffering, mental suffering and more. An experienced defective drug attorney can help. Please do not wait until it is too late to talk to an attorney about the harm caused to your or a loved one.
If you believe that you have been harmed by Implanon, or that your loved one’s death was the result of Implanon side effects, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a lawyer near you.