Nexplanon is a contraceptive implant with progestin only, which is a newer version of Implanon, and is sold by Merck. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2011. A recent study has associated Nexplanon with an increased risk of blood clots by 40 percent. If you or someone you love have suffered from a blood clot from Nexplanon or other severe side effect, you are not the only one. Blood clots can lead to severe venous damage, or they can break loose and result in organ damage, organ failure, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, disability, ischemic stroke, or death. Member attorneys of Texas Attorney Group are currently reviewing Nexplanon induced injury cases throughout Texas. If you or somebody you love has been hurt by Nexplanon, you should contact a Texas Nexplanon Attorney immediately.
Nexplanon is a device the size of a matchstick that is implanted just under the skin of a woman’s inner-upper arm. It releases small amounts of etonogestrel slowly. Etonogestrel is a synthetic form of the female hormone progestin. Less than 1 out of every 100 women using Nexplanon will get pregnant. The hormones found in Nexplanon increase the cervical mucus thickness, which lessens the chances that sperm will be able to enter into the uterus. Nexplanon also inhibits ovulation so even if a sperm does get into the uterus, there is very little chance that an egg will be there to become fertilized.
A study from Denmark was recently published, which found the risks of blood clots increased for women who use almost all types of hormonal contraceptives that are not oral, including contraceptive implants such as Nexplanon. A blood clot from Nexplanon is a life-threatening medical emergency. Usually, blood clots are necessary to stop bleeding in an emergency. Nexplanon increases the risks of forming spontaneous, deep-vein blood clots without injury. These are very dangerous. When blood clots form in veins, they can grow extremely large and cause severe and permanent damage to the blood vessels within the legs. Another danger with a blood clot is that it can travel in the bloodstream until it becomes trapped inside a major internal organ. A venous blood clot of the lower body can be pumped into the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. An arterial blood clot can be pumped into the brain, heart, or other major internal organ, which can cause a stroke, heart attack, a severe disability, or death. Other side effects associated with Nexplanon can include irregular and unpredictable menstrual bleeding, weight gain, headaches, acne, vaginal infections, abdominal pain, breast tenderness and moodiness or depression.
If you or somebody you love has been injured by using Nexplanon, you should contact Texas Attorney Group today. We’ll match you with a Texas Nexplanon Attorney who can determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim seeking compensation through a Nexplanon lawsuit.