Bleeding is one of the most common side effects of Xarelto. Unfortunately, when bleeding in the brain occurs, doctors may have trouble preventing a deadly cerebral hemorrhage because Xarelto lacks an effective reversal agent.
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Xarelto Lawsuit Filed for Deadly Subdural Hematoma
June 26, 2014 — A lawsuit (PDF) has been filed on behalf of a man who took Xarelto for atrial fibrillation and died six months later from uncontrollable bleeding in the brain (subdural hemorrhage). Click here to read more.
Xarelto and Bleeding in the Brain
Unlike warfarin, which can be reversed with a dose of Vitamin K, Xarelto has no quick reversal agent. Not even dialysis can remove Xarelto from a patient’s bloodstream because it binds too tightly to proteins in the blood. When patients on Xarelto start bleeding in the brain, doctors may have trouble de-activating Xarelto so that life-saving blood clots can form.
What Percentage of Xarelto Patients have Bleeding in the Brain?
ROCKET AF was the cornerstone clinical trial that established Xarelto’s safety and effectiveness compared to warfarin. The study involved over 14,000 patients.
After two years, 172 patients experienced an intracranial hemorrhage (0.68% per year), including 128 who had an intracerebral hemorrhage. Other adverse events included:
- subarachnoid hemorrhage
- subdural hemorrhage
- extradural hemorrhage
The risk from Xarelto was significantly lower than warfarin. However, results were based on defective INR-testing devices, which may have skeed results against warfarin in favor of Xarelto.
What is a Cerebral Hemorrhage?
Cerebral hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when there is bleeding in the brain. Bleeding irritates tissues, causing inflammation and swelling (edema). The pooled blood collects in a mass known as a hematoma, which grows and puts pressure on the brain. This cuts off circulation to brain cells, which causes brain damage.
- Confused speech
- Difficulty with balance or walking
- Inability to speak
- Lethargy or confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Recent cognitive decline in an elderly person, even without a history of brain injury
- Slurred speech
- Visual disturbance
Bleeding in the brain is a medical emergency that requires treatment in a hospital, and usually surgery to reduce pressure inside the skull. This may involve drilling a small hole in the skull. If there is a hematoma or solid blood clot, a larger section of the skull may need to be removed (called a craniotomy). Medicines may also be used to reduce swelling.
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