Norplant is a form of progestin that is placed under the skin. Norplant is made of rubber rods that look like matchsticks. A doctor places the rods under the skin of the woman's upper arm, where they slowly release progestin. A doctor must also remove the rods. There are two types of Norplant. The six-rod Norplant allows for birth control up to five years while the two-rod Norplant allows for birth control up to two years. Norplant, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1990, is manufactured by Wyeth.
Potential side effects of Norplant include, but may not be limited to, irregular menstrual bleeding, headache
, nervousness, depression
, skin rash, acne
, change of appetite, breast tenderness, weight gain, enlargement of the ovaries, and excessive growth of body or facial hair.Wyeth has been named in thousands of lawsuits in recent years over allegations that the company failed to properly warn consumers of the severe side effects associated with Norplant.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after using Norplant. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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