Although the contraceptive implant Nexplanon has been widely used across the U.S. for several years, it has recently been linked to an increased risk of blood clots that may result in a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or death. And while Nexplanon can work to prevent pregnancy by changing a woman’s hormones, patients who have experienced complications allege that the implant caused them to develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a type of blood clot that can be fatal.
During implantation, a physician inserts Nexplanon, which is a small, plastic contraceptive device, under the skin in a woman’s upper right arm. It releases progestin, a hormone that prevents the woman from ovulating and becoming pregnant. The device is intended to last for up to three years. The implant was first approved in 2006 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co.
Is Nexplanon Safe?
In November 2011, the FDA approved Nexplanon for use in the U.S. While many women have reportedly experienced no complications with the device, others claim that they were more prone to blood clots due to the device’s potential to harden the blood. Should the blood harden and remain inside the vessel, this “thrombus” can detach and travel to the brain, lungs, or heart and cause the woman to sustain a stroke, pulmonary embolism, or heart attack.
Nexplanon may potentially cause a specific type of blood clot condition known as deep vein thrombosis, which typically occurs in the veins of the legs. If you or someone you love developed blood clots and you believe Nexplanon caused the condition, consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about filing a Kansas Nexplanon lawsuit. Other potential complications include:
- Widening or dilation of surface veins
- Tenderness or pain over a vein
- Warm sensation
- Dull throb or aching in calves
- Sharp, shooting pain when flexing the foot
Additionally, women may consider filing a Kansas Nexplanon lawsuit against the manufacturer if they experienced other side effects such as sore breasts, weight gain, nausea, pain at the insertion site, scarring, headache, pain or infection in the arm, change in sex drive, irregular bleeding, and discoloring of the skin surrounding the implant.
Nexplanon Lawsuits in the U.S.
Those who have been fitted with contraceptive devices or women who took birth control medications may consider working with an attorney to file a Kansas Nexplanon lawsuit in an attempt to seek compensation for their injuries. Plaintiffs who are currently filing lawsuits allege that the implant may migrate or cause them to develop ovarian cysts. In some cases, a woman may still become pregnant while fitted with the Nexplanon implant.
In pending lawsuits, plaintiffs accuse the manufacturer of producing an allegedly defective device that can cause serious and life-threatening complications such as heart attacks, strokes, or blood clots. If you believe you are eligible to file a Kansas Nexplanon lawsuit, consider seeking legal counsel today to learn more about your legal options.
Do You Have a Kansas Nexplanon Lawsuit? Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love was fitted with Nexplanon and experienced heart attacks, blood clots, or strokes, contact Attorney Group for Kansas today. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your condition, you may be eligible to file a Kansas Nexplanon lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. We can answer your questions and put you in touch with an affiliated attorney who can file your Kansas Nexplanon lawsuit and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.