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Xarelto Cerebral Hemorrhage

Xarelto Cerebral Hemorrhage

Lawsuits have been filed by people who took Xarelto and developed severe bleeding in the brain (cerebral hemorrhage). Once bleeding starts, it can be difficult to stop because Xarelto lacks a reversal agent.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Xarelto induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Xarelto Lawsuit Filed for Deadly Subdural Hematoma

June 26, 2014 —lawsuit (PDF) has been filed on behalf of a man who took Xarelto for atrial fibrillation and died six month later from uncontrollable bleeding in the brain (subdural hemorrhage). Click here to read more.

Xarelto and Bleeding in the Brain

When patients on a blood-thinning medication start bleeding, doctors must deactivate that medication to allow blood clots to form. Unfortunately, Xarelto lacks an effective reversal agent. Not even dialysis (mechanically cleaning a patient’s blood) can de-activate Xarelto because it binds so tightly to plasma proteins. Other blood-thinners, such as warfarin, can be reversed with a simple dose of Vitamin K.

Percentage of Xarelto Patients who have Brain Bleeding

The ROCKET AF clinical trial involved over 14,000 patients and was the cornerstone study that established Xarelto’s safety compared to warfarin. After the two-year study, researchers concluded that Xarelto was less likely to cause bleeding in the brain than warfarin. They also noted the following adverse events:

  • Intracranial hemorrhage occurred in 172 patients (0.68% per year)
  • 74% of brain bleeds (n=128) were intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Xarelto patients also had subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage, and extradural hemorrhage

What is a Cerebral Hemorrhage?

Bleeding in the brain, also known as cerebral hemorrhage, is a type of stroke. The complication occurs when blood vessels rupture and spill blood into the brain tissues or spaces between the brain and its protective membrane or skull. This puts pressure on the brain, which can cause coma and death.

Intracranial Bleeding

Intracranial bleeding irritates tissues, causing inflammation and swelling (edema), and it pools in a mass called a hematoma. All of these complications put pressure on the brain, which cuts off the supply of oxygen-rich blood to brain cells. Within minutes, millions of brain cells can die and permanent brain damage occurs.

Complications

Long-term complications may include memory loss, dizziness, headache, anxiety, and problems concentrating. Some patients also suffer from seizures, temporary or permanent weakness, numbness, problems speaking, and more.

Symptoms

  • Severe headache
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision loss
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Problems balancing
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Tingling, numbness

Treatment

Emergency brain surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure inside the skull. This may involve drilling a small hole in the skull and draining blood. In some cases, doctors may need to cut a larger hole (called a craniotomy) to remove solid blood clots or large hematomas.

Resources & Additional Information

Do I have a Xarelto Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Xarelto induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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