Drugs Associated With Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare but serious skin reaction triggered by a medication. Hundreds of over-the-counter and prescription drugs can cause SJS, from Advil to Dilantin.
If left untreated, SJS can lead to toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and death. SJS is fatal in about 15% of people diagnosed, which is why it’s so important to seek immediate medical help and identify the cause.
If you or a loved one suffered SJS, get a skilled Chicago dangerous drug lawyer to represent you. We can travel to you to begin your case. Call (888) 444-9136.
Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
SJS and TEN are often described as burns that start on the inside of the body and work its way out. Patients may first experience flu-like symptoms, followed by a rash, peeling skin, hives, and blisters.
Mild to severe Stevens-Johnson Syndrome symptoms include:
- Facial or tongue swelling
- Widespread skin pain
- Red or purple skin rash
- Blisters on skin, particularly the mouth, nose, eyes, & genitals
- Shedding of skin
These symptoms can result in blindness and deformity, even if SJS is healed. Many drug manufacturers failed to include sufficient warning about the possibility of SJS or TEN. Victims and their loved ones are pursuing compensation from these companies.
200 Drugs Cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause SJS. Even more frightening, patients can suffer SJS from drugs they have taken many times before. The reaction occurs unpredictably, even in children.
Some of the most common types of drugs that cause SJS:
- Anti-gout medications (allopurinol)
- Pain relievers (Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, Aleve)
- Antibiotics (penicillin)
- Anti-seizure medication (Dilantin)
Stevens-Johnson Symptom Lawsuits
In 2016, the family of the little girl who developed SJS in response to Children’s Motrin won a $63 million jury award against, Johnson & Johnson. Because of the time Johnson & Johnson spent appealing the case, the family will be awarded $140 million total.
In 2011, a family of a nine-year-old girl sued Dilantin’s manufacturer, Pfizer, after she died from SJS caused by taking Dilantin for less than a month. Pfizer faces hundreds of SJS lawsuits.
In 2007, a family of a seven-year-old girl sued Johnson & Johnson after Children’s Motrin caused her to develop SJS. The girl lost over 90% of her skin and is permanently blind.
In 2004, a woman who was prescribed a generic NSAID pain medication developed SJS that caused two-thirds of her skin to fall off. She now suffers permanent blindness and lung and esophagus damage. She filed a claim against the drug’s manufacturer, Mutual Pharmaceutical, and took her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Based in Illinois, our Chicago dangerous drug lawyers are available to represent your interests in Illinois and throughout the nation. We can travel to our clients to learn more about their injuries and investigate their circumstances. We have handled over 10,000 cases involving personal injury.
SJS is a serious health concern and must be properly addressed by drug manufacturers. We can help you hold the negligent manufacturer accountable.
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