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Stroke Related to NuvaRing Birth Control

stroke and nuvaringAlthough NuvaRing contraceptive devices were marketed as a safe and convenient alternative to traditional birth control pills, recent studies have shown that these implants may actually have greater risks for dangerous blood clots, which can cause pulmonary embolism and NuvaRing stroke.

A stroke occurs when a blood clot or damaged blood vessel blocks or slows new blood from reaching the brain. When fresh, oxygen-rich blood is restricted, brain cells can be severely damaged or killed. This can cause a loss of mental ability, loss of bodily function, or even death.

The risk for stroke has been attributed to aging, lack of physical activity, smoking and poor nutrition. However, the chemical hormones found in contraceptives like NuvaRing have also been linked to blood clots, which can also increase the risk of NuvaRing stroke.

It is vital that a patient receive medical attention as soon as possible in order to limit the effects of a stroke. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Sudden onset of a severe headache
  • Acute numbness in the face or weakness in an arm or leg
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Disorientation, dizziness, balance problems or trouble walking.

 

Thousands Report Side Effects from NuvaRing

So far, thousands of women have reported side effects or filed lawsuits for conditions such as NuvaRing stroke. A federal judge recently scheduled trials for these NuvaRing injuries to start in early 2013. However, lawyers are still helping those affected file claims.

If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot or stroke after using a NuvaRing device, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. It is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. Contact us today.

Strokes now rank as the third leading cause of death and one of the most common causes of long term disability in the United States. They can have severe effects, from weakness in an extremity to loss of speech to full paralyzation.

After receiving more than 1,000 reports of complications among NuvaRing users, the FDA published a study in October of 2011 showing the contraceptives could raise the likelihood of blood clots by as much as 56% over traditional low-dose estrogen birth control pills.

In May of 2012, the British Medical Journal released a Danish study which also found that vaginal ring contraceptives like NuvaRing could increase blood clot risks by as much as 90% over oral contraceptives.

The lastest study was published by New England Journal of Medicine on June 14, 2012. This also showed vaginal rings could heighten blood clot risks by 2 ½ to 3 times over birth control pills, or 6 times over the risk of no hormone use.

Due to the number of patients filing lawsuits for NuvaRing injuries, cases have been moved to a special federal court in Missouri. A judge recently ordered that Merck will have to turn over evidence which may show they knew of risks such as NuvaRing stroke, but failed to warn women using the devices.

Lawyers are available to help those affected find out whether they qualify for a case and how long they have to take action. Before choosing any lawyer, however, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies.

The DrugRisk Resource Center only recommends law firms that specialize in NuvaRing lawsuits.

For more information on NuvaRing side effects, research and litigation, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.

Authored by Chris Schroeder