Imitrex causes stroke and hematoma resulting in my husband's death...

by Karen
(St George, UT)

My husband was prescribed and took Imitrex for about 10 years. In April he had a "different" headache. He had no insurance so he tried to ignore it. He started acting disoriented and we rushed him to the hospital. He was rushed to surgery (brain surgery) where the bleed was cleaned up. Then his brain swelled - in surgery he had to have some brain tissue removed.

Two days later he suffered astrometry. Then a couple days later, he suffered a brain stem stroke. He never recovered and died 3 months later. His neurosurgeon could find no reason -none- for the bleed or the subsequent strokes. A friend told me Imitrex was found to be a cause of brain related problems, i.e. hematoma and stroke.

What can I do? How can I file a case for wrongful death due to this drug? Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Imitrex causes stroke and hematoma resulting in my husband's death...":

Karen (St George, UT):

As you probably know, Sumatriptan is a drug manufactured by Glaxo under the brand name Imitrex, which belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans. Imitrex is prescribed to treat migraine headaches. It helps relieve nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Side effects can include burning, tingling, prickly sensation on the skin, chest pain or tightness, cold and/or warm sensation, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, sleepiness.

We checked and were unable to find any class action lawsuits for Imitrex which were still open to allow victims to join, or "opt-in." However, you can go online to search and attempt to find a pending class action against Glaxo.

Proving your husband's death was caused by Imitrex will be quite difficult. You will need expert medical testimony, access to Glaxo’s internal documents, and more. Without a doubt a lawsuit will be filed. You can be sure Glaxo will not agree to settle your husband’s claim without first having to be sued, and they will vigorously defend the lawsuit.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue the matter. Go online and search for personal injury attorneys in your area. Most personal injury attorneys will not accept a personal injury case against a pharmaceutical giant like Glaxo. The way to find a law firm who will accept the case is to start by speaking with attorneys in your area.

There are some law firms who have the financial strength necessary to wage a war against a drug manufacturer like Glaxo. These types of cases can take years to resolve.

Because personal injury attorneys normally don't charge any fees or costs in advance, you will need a law firm who has sufficient financial strength to pay the tens of thousands of dollars it will take to hire medical experts, file a lawsuit, subpoena documents, take depositions, and send out requests for production and interrogatories.

Through speaking with several attorneys, you will likely be referred to a large law firm with sufficient strength to accept your case.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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