If you or someone you love developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome while taking medication, you should contact our dangerous drug lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP right away. We represent victims who have suffered serious reactions from taking prescription medication or an over-the-counter drug. Your first case evaluation with one of our Stevens-Johnson Syndrome drug injury attorneys is free.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome can afflict both children and adults to devastating consequences. Treatment of this condition usually involves time spent in a burn unit (if there are serious blisters present) or an ICU. Antibiotics could be prescribed and an ophthalmologist may have to be involved to prevent permanent vision/eye damage. Anti-inflammatory meds and topical creams may also be necessary.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome’s symptoms may include rashes, flu-like symptoms, lesions on the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth, genitals, eyes, GI tract, urinary tract or respiratory tract, and blisters so severe that they can cause the skin to shed. SJS can lead to long-term vision problems, blindness, body temperature regulation issues, scarring to the GI tract, skin, organ systems, or respiratory tract, other health complications, and even death. A more serious form of SJS is Toxic epidermal necrolysis. While SJS usually affects less than 10% of the surface of the body, TEN can encompass over 30%. It is possible for someone to have a combination of SJS and TEN.
Types of medications (including the names of generic and brand drugs) that have been linked to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome:
• Anticonvulsants • Antibiotics • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (OTC and prescription)
• Drugs with sulfa • Barbiturates • COX-2 inhibitors • Ibuprofen • Acetaminophens • Allopurinol • Carbamazepine • Phenytoin • Bextra, which Pfizer removed from the market in 2005 because of the SJS risk it posed to users • Children’s Advil or Motrin • Tylenol • Aldactone • Septra • Advil
• Motrin • Avelox • Prilosec • Neurontin • Coreg • Feldene
• Athrotec • Ceclor • Dilantin • Vioxx • Relafen • Celebrex • Levaquin • Depakote • Zantac • Tegretol • Provigil • Zithromax • Trileptal • Zyloprin • Clinoril • Phenytek
Severe drug reactions cause tens of thousands of patient deaths in this country each year. Many of these incidents could have been prevented if only the drug manufacturer had done a better job of warning users about the possible risks involved or making a medication that was safer to use.
Illness from a drug reaction can lead to costly medical expenses, lost wages, and other bills that inevitably pile up when someone is seriously sick or hurt and needs not just treatment but also time to recover. At Altman & Altman, our drug injury lawyers are committed to helping our Stevens-Johnson Syndrome clients and their families obtain the financial recovery they are owed by a negligent drug manufacturer or any other involved party.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Mayo Clinic
Causes of Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Skin Association
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Care Guide, Drugs.com
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