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We only gather information from credible sources. This includes peer-reviewed medical journals, reputable media outlets, government reports, court records and interviews with qualified experts. One Maryland woman lost her health, her home and her career after using a type of drug about 62 percent of all American women use: birth control.
The former federal employee was a healthy mother of two before she received Norplant, a long-term, birth-control implant manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals bought by Pfizer in The U. Food and Drug Administration first approved Norplant inand Wyeth pulled it off the market in after slow sales and thousands of lawsuits. The device consisted of six matchstick-size capsules with small amounts of a contraceptive hormone called levonorgestrel — the same active ingredient in the Mirena IUD.
Norplant was not an IUD. Instead, doctors inserted the capsules under the skin of the upper arms. Like the popular Mirena, Norplant was effective for up to five years. At its peak, Norplant was used by about 1 million American women. But after I had the Norplant implanted, I just started ballooning and had all kinds of issues. When the side effects became too much for her to handle, she had the implant removed and opted for a tubal ligation instead.
She went back to work and forgot about the device. She applied for an overseas asment with the National Security Agency and ended up in England with her two young daughters. In England, SW started suffering from severe migraines and dizzy spells. The doctor sent her for MRIs and tests. That was when she heard what she never thought she would hear. The tumor — which was benign — was the size of a new potato and growing fast.
SW had surgery to remove the tumor. The problems progressed after the surgery, and that was when I had to cut my tour in England short and go back to the U. Some people would think I was on drugs because of the irregular pupil in my left eye or would comment on the drooping eyelid.
I have headaches, irritability, hearing problems, vertigo, phantom pains and memory issues. Then, medical issues, stress and financial hardship caused her to lose her home. Slowly, SW started working her way back to some sense of normalcy after having that rare tumor. A friend of mine recommended that I look into a lawsuit because the symptoms and problems I had from the Norplant were similar to what I saw on the commercial. She went online and did some research. It was then that she found out that about 50, women filed lawsuits against Wyeth claiming the company did not warn them about the side effects in the mids.
It coincided with the time I had the Norplant, and a specialist said the tumor was rare and not hereditary. SW started calling law firms. Many of the firms corroborated her theory that Norplant was to blame for her issues. The experience taught her to be a more informed consumer, and she cautions others to research drugs or devices they may be using. In addition, if side effects crop up, she says not to wait on looking into legal options.
I said no, because there was no one but me who could raise my daughters. They needed me to be around. But the stress of trying to take care of my house and raise my daughters was taking a toll on me. After I lost the house, I decided to downsize my life and start over. Despite suffering from permanent paralysis on the left side of her face, SW remains thankful that she still has her life and was able to watch her daughters grow.
Her youngest is an Ohio State alumni and record-holding athlete, and her oldest went to Julliard. I was around to see their accomplishments. She knows there are still women living with injuries from birth control or other drugs or medical devices.
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Then, her health took a turn for the worst. After SW saw the Mirena ad, it reminded her about Norplant. Disclaimer: Thoughts and opinions expressed in this patient story are strictly anecdotal and should not be taken as medical information or advice. Views of the interviewee do not necessarily reflect those of the author, editor or Drugwatch.
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