I'm into my 6th week post removal. I feel very good and I'm 100% sure that all of my symptoms were caused by merina - three years of being both physically and emotional miserable and thinking I was losing control of my self. I've seen mentions of a class action law suit against Bayer in various threads on the internet, but don't see any clear information about this. Can someone please chime in on what is going on, if anything, and how we, as disatisfied customers can help w/ the cause?
I am in 100% too.....I contacted Bayer myself alerting them of the issues Mirena caused me the 3 years I had it in ....I got back a lame letter from them saying there was no way to prove it was Mirena that caused the issues.
I am angry with Bayer and don't want anyone else to suffer what I went thru and most importantly I want the doctors who are pushing this product on so many uninformed people by singing praises of it to be more clear that this hormone CAN release into your body and CAN cause serious issues for some.
I am 6 weeks post removal and feel so much better....my body is healing and thanking me for taking care of it again.
If there is a group or some way to stay connected to those who want to be part of a Class Action please sign me up.....I am in 100% and will do whatever is needed to force Bayer to remove this product off the shelves until further testing is done to prove once and for all that it is an unsafe product
By 1996, more than 50,000 women had filed lawsuits, including 70 class actions, against Wyeth and/or its subsidiaries, or doctors who prescribed Norplant. Wyeth never lost a Norplant lawsuit.
On August 26, 1999, after winning 3 jury verdicts, 20 pretrial summary judgments and the dismissal of 14,000 claims, Wyeth offered out-of-court cash settlements of $1,500 each to about 36,000 women who contended that they had not been adequately warned about possible side effects of Norplant such as irregular menstrual bleeding, headaches, nausea and depression. Wyeth said that most of the plaintiffs experienced routine side effects described in Norplant's labeling information. Wyeth did not admit to any wrongdoing, saying the settlement offer "was purely a business decision," noting "our legal success has come at a steep price because lawsuits are time-consuming, expensive, and have a chilling effect on research," and that it would continue to offer Norplant and would defend "any and all new lawsuits aggressively."
About 32,000 women accepted the out-of-court $1,500 settlements. On August 14, 2002, Wyeth won partial summary judgment and dismissal of the claims of the 2,960 remaining plaintiffs who had not accepted Wyeth's out-of-court settlement offer.
In August 2000, Wyeth suspended shipments of Norplant in the United States because during regular quality assurance monitoring, representative samples of seven lots distributed beginning October 20, 1999 tested within product specifications, but at the lower end of the release rate specification for shelf life stability, raising concerns about those lots' contraceptive effectiveness. Wyeth recommended that women who had Norplant capsules from those lots implanted use backup contraception until they determined the clinical relevance of the atypically low levels of levonorgestrel release.
On July 26, 2002, Wyeth announced that data from investigations conducted in women with Norplant capsules from the suspect lots did not suggest less contraceptive effectiveness than that reported in clinical trials, and that therefore backup contraception could be safely discontinued. Wyeth also announced that due to limitations in product component supplies, they did not plan to resume marketing the six-capsule Norplant system in the United States.
I feel so much better - jaw pain is 90% gone (my worst physical issue for over a year - and prior to that it was chronic neck pain for 2 years), the fussy brain has gone and memory is back, no migraines, sleeping better, want to work out, happy, no axiety or depression, getting sex drive, etc. My husband is extremely happy. However, I have suddenly put on about 10 lbs. I'm not sure if it's related to the hormone craziness and iud removal, but it's a bummer. But w/ getting energy back I'll be working out more now. I wish everyone a lot of luck.
I'm really going to try to pursue telling as many gals as I know and maybe trying to contact someone who might help us get some publicity to this situation - anyone think it's worth writing a letter to a talk show or local news team?
I too am feeling better (6 weeks post). I lost a good bit of weight on the mirena, and also started immediately gaining upon removal. I think a lot of it was water weight, as I was having to "go" constantly before I had it removed. I seen to have stabilized at about a 5# gain, and I am definitely retaining a lot more water. that is actually a good thing, as I think a major contributor to my fatigue was dehydration.
I agree getting someone in the media involved is a great step. I had suggest Robin Roberts of ABC's good morning america. (she had a bout w/ Breast Cancer lately, and might be more receptive to women's health issues) Not sure, however, how many of us on this forum are even in the same country?? (gotta love the internet!)
anyone else interested in a blitz of letters going to one particular reporter?
Good point about Robin. I'm in the DC area, and I'm sure we are all over the place. I wonder if we draft up a letter (i'm willing to do the task), then we post it here for everyone. Anyone interested can copy it and create their own letter to sure for either local news or perhaps we all bombard Robin, Ellen, Rachael Ray, etc. I'm game. Thoughts?
I would definitely be in to sending letters and info to try to get more publicity on this totally psycho device. I had my Mirena out over a year ago and am almost 100% again (just haven't lost all the weight it made me gain), but most side effects went away within 2 months of removal after 1 year of hell. I was thinking perhaps a way to attack Bayer, may be through the insurance companies. If we can make them aware that their costs are skyrocketing on women's health bills post mirena insert (because who hasn't gone through hundreds of tests, medical appointments, therapy, medications all in an effort to find out what on earth is wrong with us, when the whole time it is the Mirena?)...maybe the insurance companies might be interested. Also, the canadian "FDA" pamphlet did list most of our side effects (just not the US one), so Bayer-Berlex is aware for sure.
And even on a stranger note, I have found many sites that list side effects in general from hormonal birth control all of which list most of our side effects...so Bayer is stupid, the doctors are stupid for just not clueing in or listing what is so often known hormonal issues. I started to freak out cause my sister said she just had the Nuvaring put in. I couldn't believe she would do that after hearing the hell I went through...and she said her doctor said it was the lowest dose of hormones local to the uterus...Sound familiar to what you heard about the Mirena???? All total BS...Well there is a lawsuit going against the the Nuvaring since they have linked it to blood clots/stroke (and by the way nuvaring does list most of the same side effects that we've experienced on the mirena)...Basically women have to start dying in order to get a lawsuit going, it's not enough to have something completely ruin our lives...But doctors should be responsible. Our side effects are soooo clearly hormonally related, and just any major shift in the body after starting any new pharmaceutical should alert them, even a Martha Stewart article stated this of all things...
I am furious even after a year post removal...There must be something we can do???
Let's see-we started with marriage counceling 4 years ago, when I started to lose it on my husband. I have been to 3 different gp's over the past 4 years (starting for the alopecia-and then all the other symptoms), a dermotologist (for the alopecia) an eye dr. (lost vision in one eye), an endocronologist (for weight loss, headaches, fatigue, loss of concentration, low body temp, anxiety, inability to hold fluids, swollen tongue and vision problems), an enzyme therapist (for all symptoms) and a chiropractor (for lower back pain). I also see a periodontal specialist because of all my dental problems.
I have had cortizone injections, been medicated with zoloft, seraquol, depacote, zanax, ambien and lunesta.
I had an ultrasound (for the throbbing in my head), an unbelievable amount of blood and pee drawn, and finally an mri. (for headaches, tremors, dizzyness etc)
symptoms I didn't even broach were the heart palpitations, body numbness and loss of libido. wonder how many other doc's they would have added to the list?
I was on my way to a rheumatologist when I pulled this thing out. Dont have to go to that one..YAY!!! Most of my symptoms have been dramatically alleviated.
My kids think that three dr's appt.s in a week is normal.
Yeah, you would think the ins. co's would be interested. If I had to guess, however, i would say they have been in bed with the pharmeceutical co's for a very long time, and are perfectly happy writing all these expenses into our premiums!
I love the idea of having one form letter and then us all telling our stories one by one of our experiences... I have pictures of the HORRIBLE acne it caused me while I was on Mirena and 6 weeks post removal what my skin looks like now as it is finally clearing up
I think Robin would be a great media person to direct our stories too or how bout the Big O? I think even God listens to Oprah :)
This forum has touched my heart, saved my life and even if I can help one person out their by spreading the word I am in 100%- it would be nice to meet some of you great ladies too! We have a bond that no one else can quite understand
How about we send them to both? I like the idea of Oprah too. I also really like the idea of a letter where we can attach out stories (if desired) to the end. Personalize it. Maybe one will take to it? I am in Philadelphia, PA. Peace to you all!
BTW, I feel like crap 2-day. Yesterday I was on top of the world! WTF