Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban) is an anticoagulant medication prescribed to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (afib). Since being approved in July 2011, Xarelto users have reported experiencing serious side effects, including brain hemorrhages and other severe internal bleeding problems.
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How is Brain Hemorrhage Treated?
Once the patient sees a doctor, they can determine which region of the brain has been affected based on the presentation of symptoms. A number of imaging tests may be performed, such as a computerized tomography (CT scan), which can reveal internal bleeding, or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. A neurological exam or eye exam, which can detect optic nerve swelling, may also be ordered. In most cases, a spinal tap is not performed, as it may be unnecessarily dangerous and make things worse.
Treatment for brain bleeds depends on the location, cause, and extent of the hemorrhage. Surgical intervention may be required to reduce swelling and prevent bleeding. Prescription medications including painkillers, corticosteroids and diuretics may also be administered to the patient.
Can I Recover from a Brain Hemorrhage?
How well a patient recovers from a brain hemorrhage depends on the size of the hemorrhage and amount of swelling. Some patients recover completely while others sustain lifelong disabilities. Possible complications of a Xarelto brain hemorrhage may include:
- Loss of brain function
- Side effects from medications/treatments
Can Brain Hemorrhages be Prevented?
Due to the fact the most brain hemorrhages are linked to specific risk factors, you can minimize your risk by:
- Treating high blood pressure (hypertension) – Research has shown that up to 80% of cerebral hemorrhage patients have a history of high blood pressure. The single most important thing you can do is control hypertension is maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes
- Don’t use drugs – Cocaine and other stimulants can increase the risk of brain bleeds.
- Drive carefully and always wear your seat belt.
- If you ride a motorcycle, always wear a helmet.
- Investigate corrective surgery. If you suffer from abnormalities such as aneurysms, surgery may help prevent future hemorrhages.
- Be careful with Xarelto. If you take this medication, follow up regularly with your doctor to make sure your blood levels are in the appropriate range.
Do I Have a Xarelto Brain Hemorrhage Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new brain hemorrhage cases in all 50 states.
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