Nexplanon Lawsuits in Tennessee
Nexplanon, a contraceptive implant originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011, may be linked to an increased risk of blood clots. Sold by Merck & Co., a new study has concluded that the progestin-only implant may cause patients to suffer from blood clots and other serious side effects, leading to numerous Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits from plaintiffs and their attorneys.
What is Nexplanon?
Nexplanon is a newer version of the original Implanon implant designed to be inserted just beneath the inner-upper arm surface in the woman. After implantation, the device allegedly releases small amounts of etonogestrel, and Merck maintains that less than one percent of women will become pregnant while using the device. While many women have used the device successfully, others are filing Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits against Merck, claiming that the implant is not safe.
Additionally, the implant helps to increase the thickness of the mucous within the cervix, reducing the chance that sperm will be able to successfully enter the uterus and fertilize the egg. Nexplanon may also prevent ovulation so that if a sperm does penetrate the uterus, there is no egg present to fertilize.
Both Nexplanon and Implanon contain the same levels of hormones and share the same side effects, risks and health benefits. However, the difference lies in Nexplanon’s radio-opaque characteristic that allows physicians to use CT scans or X-rays to locate the device following implantation without toxic consequences to the patient. Nexplanon also features a preloaded applicator that allows for easier implantation and helps to reduce the risk of errors during the implantation procedure.
Is it Harmful?
While many women have used the device and reported no problems or complications, a study conducted in Denmark found that patients were at a 40 percent increased risk of developing blood clots. Researchers found that the only non-oral hormonal device not associated with this complication was an intrauterine device (IUD). Since the findings, plaintiffs have begun to file Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries.
Blood clots stemming from Nexplanon implantation are serious and could be life-threatening; in fact, many plaintiffs are filing Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits on behalf of loved ones who passed away while using the device. While some blood clots are beneficial as they help to stop bleeding after a cut or scrap, blood clots with the Nexplanon implant tend to be spontaneous and deep in the vein where there is no evidence of injury. If a blood clot forms in the veins, deep vein thrombosis can develop, and the clots can cause permanent, severe damage in the limbs.
Additionally, a blood clot may potentially travel in the bloodstream until it becomes trapped inside a major internal organ. For instance, if a clot becomes stuck inside a patient’s lungs, she could suffer from a pulmonary embolism. Similarly, a blood clot in the artery may become dislodged into the brain or heart, causing strokes, heart attacks, severe disability or even death. Plaintiffs are working with attorneys to file Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits after they suffered from these serious health complications.
While the most severe and adverse side effects of Nexplanon are related to blood clots, patients filing Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits have experienced other side effects including:
- Abdominal pain
- Breast pain or tenderness
- Vaginal infections
- Weight gain
- Changes in menstrual bleeding
- Unpredictable, irregular menstrual bleeding
If you have suffered from any one of these side effects or another condition you or your physician may feel is related to blood clots or the implant, you may be able to file Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits to retrieve compensation.
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If you or someone you love are suffering from blood clots or another related condition such as a stroke or heart attack after a blood clot traveled in your bloodstream while taking Nexplanon, you may consider filing Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits. Our affiliated lawyers at Attorney Group for Tennessee can review your case to determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim to seek recovery for your damages. You may be entitled to seek compensation for medical bills, emergency visits, hospital stays, medication, lost wages, pain and suffering, or wrongful death if you are filing on behalf of a loved one who has passed away. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in filing Tennessee Nexplanon lawsuits.