Ring Contraceptive Has Cardiovascular Risks
Since its introduction in 2002 the NuvaRing vaginal contraceptive has gained popularity among consumers, with an estimated 7.5 million prescriptions written last year alone. A product of pharmaceutical maker Organon, a division of Schering-Plough Corporation, NuvaRing is a combination hormonal contraceptive which delivers synthetic forms of estrogen and progestin into the bloodstream to suppress ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy. Unfortunately, the combination of hormones used in NuvaRing is linked with several potentially deadly side effects.
Unlike oral contraceptives which must be taken daily, NuvaRing is a flexible, transparent ring which is inserted into the vagina. The ring is left in place for three weeks, releasing a continual dosage of hormones into the vagina which is subsequently absorbed into the bloodstream. The ring is then removed for a period of one week, in which menstruation should occur, and a new ring is inserted.
NuvaRing is part of a group of drugs known as 3rd-generation contraceptives. These newer forms of birth control, which were introduced in the early 1990s, were intended to reduce unwanted side effects among users by employing a new combination of hormones, including a particular type of synthetic progestin known as desogestrel. However, these 3rd-generation contraceptives are estimated to double the risk of blood clots and stroke compared to 2nd-generation contraceptives, such as most birth control pills.
The non-profit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to ban all 3rd-generation contraceptives, including NuvaRing, because of these increased risks. Although data demonstrating the increased danger of blood clots associated with the drug has been available for over a decade, the FDA has not acted.
Use of the NuvaRing has been associated with multiple side effects which range in significance from mild to potentially fatal. One of the most serious NuvaRing side effects is the risk of blood clots, including pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung), and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Other harmful side effects include stroke, heart attack, an increased incidence of breast cancer, benign liver tumors which may rupture, depression and anxiety. Many of these conditions can cause long-term injury or death.
Symptoms of these dangerous health problems may include, but are not limited to: pain in the chest or lower leg, severe abdominal pain, ankle swelling, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, vomiting, or the sudden onset of fever, headache or vision problems. Individuals who experience these symptoms while using Nuvaring should seek immediate medical attention.
The consequences of these side effects can be devastating and life-altering, leaving many consumers in need of information--both medical and legal--in order to protect their rights. Women who have experienced painful or injurious outcomes as a result of using NuvaRing may be entitled to compensation. NuvaRing lawyers are familiar with the contraceptive and the risks and injuries associated with its use.
Many lawsuits have already been filed by consumers who have suffered illness or injury due to the negative side effects of NuvaRing. The specialized drug liability lawyers available to you through Legal Tube can evaluate your case and determine if you could benefit from participation in a birth control ring lawsuit.