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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit Attorneys

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization. It is a deadly disease characterized as a dangerous disorder of the skin and mucous membranes in which the epidermis (top layer of the skin) separates from the dermis (deeper layer of the skin). Essentially, the skin burns from the inside out and can peel off in large areas. A more severe version of SJS is called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

Causes of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

SJS often occurs as a severe adverse reaction to medication. Over-the-counter drugs like Ibuprofen as well as prescription medications like antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and anti-convulsants can all contribute to the presence of SJS.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology states almost any drug can cause SJS. In 2006, the FDA issued a safety warning for many prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to update warning labels to advise patients about an increased risk for developing SJS. Some popular OTC drugs include:

  • Bayer (Aspirin)
  • Excedrin (Aspririn)
  • Tylenol (Aspririn)
  • Advil (Ibuprofen)
  • Motrin (Ibuprofen)
  • Aleve (Naproxen)

SJS presents very serious symptoms including:

  • Burning rash, blisters, or red blotches on the skin
  • Persistent fever
  • Blisters in the mouth, eyes, ears, nose, or genital area
  • Eye infections

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuits

Stevens-Johnson syndrome can impact people of any age who take medications like the ones listed above. Numerous people have filed lawsuits against manufacturers of over-the-counter and prescription medications for failing to warn of the risk of developing this deadly condition. If you or someone you care about has taken medication and suffered serious skin damage consistent with the symptoms of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, contact us. Our product liability attorneys can provide you with a no-obligation FREE case evaluation. We have experience litigating personal injury claims against large drug manufacturers and medical device makers. Contact us now.