Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a serious medical condition known to cause severe allergic reactions that include intense blisters and rashes on the body. In some incidences, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) (see our Stevens Johnson page here) has been linked directly to adverse reactions from prescription medication. Because there is a lack of awareness concerning the disease, symptoms are many times overlooked or misdiagnosed. Because the symptoms are missed, patients often experience an increase in the severity of the medical condition, sometimes resulting in death.
There are documented SJS side effects and reactions to a variety of prescription medications and medical conditions. Reactions have occurred when taking antibiotics, barbiturates, anti-convulsions, and sulfa drugs, along with NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs). Certain medical conditions including bacterial or viral infections and malignant diseases are also known to cause significant reactions.
Immune Complex Hypersensitivity Reaction
In many incidences, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can be life altering when an immune response to a prescription medication or an infection creates immune complex hypersensitivity reaction. When left untreated, the progress of SJS can increase the condition’s severity in a variety of ways that include:
- Lesions or blisters on the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, respiratory or urinary tract, and the genitals
- Skin rashes and blisters
- Flu-like symptoms including sore throat, headache, fatigue, cough, fever, etc.
- Blister ulceration that leads to skin shedding
Many patients that have suffered from SJS have developed long-term serious health consequences that include blindness, visual problems, severe scarring, challenging issues with regulating body temperature, and in some cases, death. In some incidences, SJS has required hospitalization to tackle the infection or response to the medication.
Treatment of the disease focuses on the elimination of any underlying cause to minimize complications and control symptoms. Even mild cases can take several months to treat fully, based on the severity of the reaction.
The most severe expression of the syndrome is through erythema multiforme, a simple rash that affects patients at every age, including young children. The most severe form of the medical condition is classified as TENS (toxic epidermal necrolysis). Twice as many men as women develop SJS, with the highest number of patients being young adults under 30 years old, and children.
However, overall females develop severe cases at twice the rate as men, and have a higher potential of developing the syndrome if taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Even basic over-the-counter antibiotics, painkillers, sedatives and anti-convulsions can cause the syndrome.
Seek Medical Attention
If you, or a loved one, have experienced eye problems, permanent skin damage, and/or damage to internal organs, you may be suffering from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. It is imperative to receive immediate medical attention, and consult with a doctor about how to best stop taking the drugs causing the reaction. In addition, it is imperative to seek out legal counsel on the best way to find financial recompense for the damages, injuries, pain and suffering endured as a result of the drug.
Legal cases that involve Stevens -Johnson Syndrome are often extremely complex. Typically, the patient has extensive medical expenses for ongoing treatments. In addition, individuals with the medical condition can be permanently disabled and experience other long-term effects. As a result, it is essential to hire the skills of an experienced Stevens-Johnson Syndrome attorney to provide legal representation.
Patients that have suffered from SJS have experienced successful verdicts in lawsuits, obtaining huge awards. Attorneys have developed successful financial claim strategies founded on a “failure to warn” on product labels, or against the prescribing physician in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs are known to Develop Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis or Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Filing a legal claim is the easiest way to ensure that all legal rights are protected, and that fair and just financial compensation is received. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can determine if doctors have mismanaged your prescription medications, or if an over-the-counter drug caused the severe allergic reaction leading to injury or death.