Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban), a new anticoagulant medication, has been approved for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (a-fib). The drug is manufactured and marketed in a joint partnership between Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson company). Unfortunately, recent studies have found that Xarelto users may be twice as likely to develop a blood clot, which can lead to a stroke.
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10 Stroke Symptoms Every Xarelto User Should Know
- Trouble Seeing / Blurry Vision – Strokes can cause double vision, blurred vision or loss of vision in 1 eye. However, this symptom may not be as well recognized as facial weakness, arm weakness, and speech problems.
- Difficulty Speaking / Confusion – Strokes can impair a person’s ability to express themselves or understand speech. Tell the person to repeat a simple phrase. Are they slurring their words, using the wrong words, or are unable to speak altogether? If any one of these occurs, there’s a good chance they’ve had a stroke.
- Weak Arm or Leg – When a person is having a stroke, it’s common for an arm or leg to suddenly go weak, numb, or become paralyzed. In many cases, the affected limb is on the side of the body opposite from where the stroke occurred in the brain. Extend both arms for 10 seconds. If 1 arm drifts downward, this indicates muscle weakness, a common symptom of a stroke.
- Dizziness / Loss of Balance – If you are dizzy, nauseous or have trouble walking for no apparent reason, you may be having a stroke. Patients may confuse stroke symptoms with other conditions. In some cases, sudden dizziness is attributed to a viral syndrome when it’s actually the symptom of a stroke.
- Pain – Pain is not a common stroke symptom, but if you have sudden pain in an arm or leg, don’t ignore it. A recent study found that women experience atypical stroke symptoms 62% more often than men, and 1 of the most common is arm and leg pain.
- Headache – A sudden, severe headache is a common symptom of a stroke. One study involving nearly 600 test subjects determined that patients who experienced headache before a stroke tended to be younger with a history of migraines.
- Droopy Face – Sudden facial weakness on 1 side can be a symptom of stroke. Medical personnel will tell you to smile or show your teeth. If 1 side of your face droops or doesn’t move, you could be having a stroke.
- Fatigue / Mental Changes – A study of gender differences in ischemic stroke (the kind caused by blood clots) determined that female stroke victims were more likely than men to experience general weakness, fatigue, disorientation, and mental status changes.
- Hiccups – When strokes affect the brain’s breathing center, it can cause a sudden case of hiccups. This symptom is more commonly reported in women.
- Breathlessness / Heart Palpitations – If you can’t catch your breath or feel like your heart is racing, you may be having a stroke.
Do I Have a Xarelto Stroke 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 stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action suit and we can help.