Depo-Provera Linked to Brain Tumors

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A new study has found a shocking link between the birth control injection Depo-Provera and a higher risk of brain tumors in some women. 

With over 74 million users worldwide, this news comes as a devastating discovery, sparking widespread concern about the health of millions of women.

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These rare tumors can dangerously press on the brain, often needing surgery or other treatments to relieve the intense pressure on sensitive brain tissue. If you developed a brain tumor after taking this medication, you may qualify for a Depo-Provera lawsuit. 

At Osborne & Francis, we have fought for people betrayed by harmful drugs for nearly a decade. We are proud to have built a reputation for fearlessly going against multi-million-dollar pharmaceutical companies. Reach out to us online or call (561) 293-2600 if you or a loved one have been affected by a brain tumor possibly linked to Depo-Provera. 

Many women turned to Depo-Provera for birth control protection, only to now learn it may carry a heightened risk of brain tumors, a crushing betrayal of their trust and health. 

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What Is Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera, also known as medroxyprogesterone acetate, is a contraceptive injection given every 3 months. It contains progesterone, a hormone that stops ovulation, which means the ovaries won’t release eggs, thus preventing pregnancy. It also thickens the cervical mucus to block sperm. 

People choose Depo-Provera for various reasons. It’s a good option if you don’t want to take a birth control pill every day or for those who can’t take estrogen. It’s also prescribed to treat medical conditions, like:

  • Anemia
  • Seizures
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids

It also reduces menstrual cramps and flow. However, despite these benefits, Depo-Provera could have a major downside: some worry it could be connected to brain tumors. 

What Company Makes Depo-Provera?

Depo-Provera is manufactured by Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. The company first introduced the medication in the 1960s for menstruation, and it was approved as a birth control method in the 1990s.

Does Depo-Provera Cause Brain Tumors?

Recent research suggests a potential link between Depo-Provera and an increased risk of brain tumors. The study published in the BMJ discovered that using Depo-Provera for more than a year may elevate the risk of a certain brain tumor called intracranial meningioma by 5.6 times.

This type of tumor, while usually non-cancerous, develops in the layers of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. 

Researchers also found that two other drugs used for menopause relief were also tied to an increased risk of brain tumors. However, Depo-Provera showed the highest association among them. 

Drugs linked to intracranial meningioma.

The study warned that using Depo-Provera increases the risk of this type of brain tumor from 4 per thousand women to 20 per thousand by age 80.

However, researchers did stress that their study only shows a possible connection and not a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the drugs and brain tumors. More research is needed to understand exactly why drugs like Depo-Provera may increase the risk of brain tumors.

So, can Depo-Provera cause tumors? There is no definitive answer as of right now, but current research suggests that there may be a potential link between the injection and brain tumors.

About the Depo-Provera Brain Tumors Study 

French researchers looked at the health data from over 18,000 women who underwent surgery for intracranial meningioma between 2008 and 2019 in France. These women were compared to a group of women who did not have brain tumors.

The study focused on drugs containing progestogens, synthetic hormones similar to natural progesterone, commonly used in contraceptives and treatments for conditions like endometriosis. Also, it reviewed different delivery methods, such as oral, vaginal, and injection. 

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Can I File a Depo-Provera Brain Tumor Lawsuit?

The warning label for Depo-Provera talks about many risks but fails to mention anything about brain tumors, a very serious side effect that every patient deserves to know about. 

You may be eligible to file a Depo-Provera brain tumor lawsuit if you:

  • Received Depo-Provera injections
  • Later developed a brain tumor

Removing a tumor can be challenging work since the brain is very delicate, and tumors can develop in tricky locations that make their extraction difficult. The surgery expenses and medical bills that pile up after such a major operation can quickly overwhelm you.

But a Depo-Provera lawsuit can help you get financial relief following your injuries. By taking legal action, you may be able to receive compensation to cover the following:  

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses: A lawsuit can reimburse you for surgery to remove your tumor, hospital stays, doctor’s appointments, medical bills, and therapy. 
  • Lost Wages or Loss of Future Earning Capacity: Surgery can take a lot out of you, leaving you unable to work, but a lawsuit can cover lost wages for the time you were unable to work. 
  • Pain and Suffering: A tumor can be a taxing and frightening complication, so a lawsuit can get you financial support for the physical and emotional pain you experienced. 
  • Punitive Damages: This compensation aims to punish the company for their actions, and may be ordered in instances of individuals/companies knowingly placing dangerous drugs on the market.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Depo-Provera Warning Label Mention Brain Tumors?

The current Depo-Provera label does not include any warning about brain tumors. While the label does mention a slightly increased risk for breast cancer, stroke, blood clots, and liver problems, among other issues, it is noticeably lacking in mentioning brain tumors.  

Have People Already Filed Depo-Provera Lawsuits?

The alleged brain tumor connection is not the first issue brought against Pfizer regarding Depo-Provera. Individuals have filed previous lawsuits over other injuries, such as intense head pressure and bone mineral density loss. 

Why Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Depo-Provera Brain Tumor Lawsuit?

Having a lawyer on your side can be one of your greatest assets when filing a claim. An attorney who knows the ins and outs of defective drug litigation can investigate the truth behind the health risks linked to the drug, gather evidence to build a strong case, and stop at nothing to get you the compensation you deserve.

How Long Do I Have to File a Case?

You could have a medical malpractice or product liability claim if a defective drug injured you. In some states, you generally have 2 years to file a lawsuit, but the time limit varies from state to state. 

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