Stroke is a life-threatening cardiovascular side effect that has recently been linked to prescription testosterone therapies like AndroGel. If you take AndroGel, it is important that you know the warning signs of a stroke so that you can seek out prompt medical treatment. This article discusses the various ways that AndroGel Strokes are treated.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a stroke after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of AndroGel and we can help.
How are Strokes Treated?
Recent medical advances have produced a whole new range of options to draw from when tailoring treatment for stroke victims. In the acute phase, AndroGel strokes can be treated with prescription medications that help limit brain damage. So-called “clot-busters” are most effective when administered within 3 hours of a thrombotic or an embolic stroke. There also are number of new treatment options coming in the near future: Clinical trials are now underway on several medications that can potentially protect brain tissues after a stroke. Additionally, preliminary studies with devices that chill the brain have determined that inducing hypothermia may reduce the damage caused by a stroke.
Physicians also have the benefit of drugs that can prevent strokes in high-risk patients, especially those who have had transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also known as mini-strokes. These include anticoagulants like heparin or warfarin, as well as antiplatelet agents such as aspirin, dipyridamole and clopidogrel.
Interventional operations can help individuals with conditions that are either caused by or lead to strokes. In years past, surgeons clipped aneurysms to stop bleeding. However, in recent years, a number of techniques have been developed including introducing coils into the aneurysms, which can prevent bleeding without the risks that come with brain surgery.
Treatment of Ischemic Stroke
Ischemic stroke treatment is designed to dissolve and remove blood clots that are preventing blood from reaching the brain. The most common ischemic stroke treatments include:
- Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) – First line of treatment against ischemic stroke. tPAs are injected into the blood and designed to seek out clots that are causing a stroke. Once there, the medication breaks the clot up until blood flow has been restored.
- Intra-Arterial Thrombolysis – Stroke treatment that can be administered for up to six hours after the onset of initial symptoms. Intra-Arterial Thrombolysis consists of tPA being injected directly into the clot that caused the stroke. To accomplish this, a catheter is inserted into 1 of the blood vessels in the leg, and is guided to the brain with a video system. Once the clot is located, the catheter passes into it, and the injection is administered. The tPA then dissolves the clot until blood can flow to the area of the brain where the stroke occurred. Unfortunately, because this treatment requires highly specialized equipment and advanced technical expertise, its availability is limited to a few hospitals around the country.
- Mechanical Embolus Retrieval in Cerebral Ischemia (MERCI retriever) – New approach that removes or breaks up clots that have migrated into a small blood vessel. This is done by passing a device from a blood vessel in the leg all the way into the brain where the clot is lodged. MERCI then captures the clot and retrieves it from the body, restoring blood flow to the affected area.
Hemorrhagic Stroke Treatment
The treatment of hemorrhagic strokes are intended to stop internal bleeding, and to remove blood that might cause swelling or pressure on the brain. The 2 most common causes of hemorrhagic stroke and their treatments include:
- Ruptured Aneurysm – Aneurysms are weak areas in the wall of a blood vessel that protrude out until they break. In most cases, aneurysms rupture due to high blood pressure. Broken aneurysms require brain surgery to fix the damaged blood vessels.
- Abnormal Brain Blood Vessels – Vessels connected to one another in such a way that causes them to bleed into the brain. When this occurs, surgery is required to remove the abnormal blood vessels.
Can I File an AndroGel Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file an AndroGel Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of testosterone supplements, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of stroke.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of AndroGel, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your stroke, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have an AndroGel Stroke Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in AndroGel Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new AndroGel Stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a stroke after using AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an AndroGel Suit and we can help.