Xarelto is a blood-thinning drug, and as such it affects the body’s natural clotting processes. However, one of the side effects of this medication is spinal or epidural hematoma. Hematomas, or solid swellings of clotted blood, can prevent blood flow and cause a stroke, pulmonary embolism and, when they occur in the spinal or epidural area, paralysis.
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What’s the Problem?
In the Xarelto Medication Guide, epidural hematoma is mentioned under the section titled “What is the most important information I should know about Xarelto?” The guide cautions that patients who undergo spinal or epidural anesthesia or spinal puncture procedures may be at risk of developing permanent paralysis caused by a blood clot that forms in the area.
Spinal blood clots are rare, but they have severe health consequences. When a clot develops in the spinal cord or epidural area, this may inhibit the transmission of nerve impulses and information to and from the brain. The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves that carries information from the brain to the body, and vice versa. If a blood clot forms in the spinal or epidural area, this may cause temporary or permanent paralysis.
Paralysis caused by an epidural blood clot may result in the patient losing all feeling and muscle control in that area of the body. Urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction and breathing difficulties may also be caused by paralysis.
Spinal Hematoma Risk Factors
Xarelto users may be at an increased risk of developing epidural blood clots if they:
- Have an epidural catheter in their back
- Take blood-thinning drugs
- Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Have undergone previous spinal or epidural punctures
- Have undergone spinal surgery in the past
- Have pre-existing spinal problems
If you have any of these risk factors, it is important to tell your doctor so they can determine whether Xarelto is right for you. With any prescription medication, your doctor will need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits to decide whether the potential benefits outweigh any possible side effects you may be experiencing.
Do I Have a Xarelto Epidural Hematoma Lawsuit?
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