Like other blood thinners, Xarelto carries a risk of internal bleeding. Xarelto’s internal bleeding side effects cannot be controlled or reversed by physicians, however, making the drug more dangerous than other, conventional anticoagulants. Some Xarelto users have claimed that they might have suffered the following serious side effects while taking the drug as directed:
- Intracranial hemorrhages
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhages
- Retinal hemorrhages
- Epidural hematoma
- Adrenal bleeding
Internal bleeding (also called internal hemorrhaging) is a loss of blood that occurs from the circulatory system into a body cavity or space. It is a serious medical emergency and the extent of severity depends on bleeding rate and location of the bleeding (e.g. brain, stomach, lungs). It can potentially cause death and cardiac arrest if proper medical treatment is not received quickly.
An intracranial hemorrhage is a bleeding within the skull. Intracranial bleeding occurs when a blood vessel within the skull is ruptured or leaks. It can result from physical trauma (as occurs in head injury) or nontraumatic causes (as occurs in hemorrhagic stroke) such as a ruptured aneurysm. Intracranial hemorrhage is a serious medical emergency because the buildup of blood within the skull can lead to increases in intracranial pressure, which can crush delicate brain tissue or limit its blood supply. Severe increases in intracranial pressure can cause potentially deadly brain herniation, in which parts of the brain are squeezed past structures in the skull.
Gastrointestinal bleeding describes every form of hemorrhage in the gastrointestinal tract, from the pharynx to the rectum. It has diverse causes, and a medical history, as well as physical examination, generally distinguishes between the main forms. The degree of bleeding can range from nearly undetectable to acute, massive, life-threatening bleeding.
Retinal hemorrhage is a disorder of the eye in which bleeding occurs into the retensitive tissue on the back wall of the eye. A retinal hemorrhage can be caused by hypertension, retinal vein occlusion (a blockage of a retinal vein), or diabetes mellitus (which causes small fragile blood vessels to form, which are easily damaged).
Epidural or extradural hematoma is a type of traumatic brain injury in which a buildup of blood occurs between the dura mater (the tough outer membrane of the central nervous system) and the skull. The dura mater also covers the spine, so epidural bleeds may also occur in the spinal column. Often due to trauma, the condition is potentially deadly because the buildup of blood may increase pressure in the intracranial space, compress delicate brain tissue, and cause brain shift. The condition is present in one to three percent of head injuries. Between 15 and 20% of epidural hematomas are fatal.
Adrenal bleeding refers to bleeding in one or both adrenal glands.
A stroke, sometimes referred to as a cerebrovascular accident, cerebrovascular insult, or brain attack, is the loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This disturbance is due to either ischemia (lack of blood flow) or hemorrhage.
RLG Represents Xarelto Users
If you or a loved one took Xarelto and suffered internal bleeding, you might have a claim for compensation against the drug’s manufacturers. The amount of compensation to which you might be entitled can include reimbursement for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Time to make a claim is limited, though. For a free, confidential legal consultation with a Xarelto lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group call 1-800-624-9566 or click on this link.
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