The multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada causes strokes that can kill patients. Its potential side effects are rare but can cause permanent disability or death. Lemtrada is a medicine given intravenously through transfusion.
This is a very powerful drug consumed by patients who experience MS recurrence to control their symptoms when other drugs fail. Therefore, Lemtrada stroke was a desperate attempt to save a life. Many patients have experienced significant benefits from consuming Lemtrada. However, some people have suffered dangerous side effects including strokes.
MS patients and caregivers must be conscious of stroke symptoms such as:
- Numbness or weakness focused on one side of the body,
- The onset of rapid confusion, inability to speak, or inability to understand language,
- Vision problems in one or both eyes,
- Difficulty in walking,
- Struggle in maintaining balance and coordination,
- Head and neck pain
MS patients must immediately receive emergency medical treatment for stroke if these symptoms appear, especially if they are within one to three days after receiving Lemtrada infusion. Failure to take immediate action can result in permanent disability or death.
Lemtrada infusion can tear the inside layer of blood vessels in the brain and neck. Tears also called arterial dissection, stop the flow of blood containing oxygen to the brain, causing strokes.
Brain cells cannot alive without oxygenated blood after oxygenated blood flow to the brain stops more than a few minutes. The risk of harm or death increases with time.