Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Lawsuits

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Lawsuits

Did you or someone you love develop Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) after taking a prescription or over-the counter medication? SJS, and a more serious form of the condition called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), are severe, life-threatening allergic reactions marked by painful lesions, blisters, and scarring on the skin and underlying mucous membranes. SJS and TEN are caused by the use of medications, including prescription antibiotics and COX-2 inhibitors, as well as over-the-counter drugs like Advil and Children’s Motrin.

The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of victims of SJS. SJS and TEN victims face a long road to recovery, and usually require extensive medical care. In their most severe forms, SJS and TEN can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability, and even death. If you or a loved one developed SJS from a medication, your family deserves compensation from the drug maker responsible for your pain and suffering. Alonso Krangle LLP offers free lawsuit evaluations to victims of SJS and TEN. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the SJS lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today.

Causes of SJS and TEN

SJS and TEN are severe hypersensitivity reactions that are believed to result from damage to the blood vessels in the skin, which can cause secondary damage to surrounding tissue. SJS was not well known until World War II, when use of sulfonamide antibiotics became widespread. Since then, a number of popular drugs have been linked to SJS, including:

Cox-2 Inhibitors:

  • Bextra
  • Celebrex
  • Vioxx
  • Arcoxia
  • Prexige

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS):

  • Children’s Motrin
  • Ibuprofen, including Advil, Children’s Motrin and Motrin, as well as cold medicines containing ibuprofen, such as Advil Cold & Sinus, Motrin IB Sinus.
  • Daypro
  • Feldene
  • Arava
  • Naproxen
  • Ketaprofen
  • Aleve
  • Excedrin

Sulfa-Based Antibiotics (Sulfonamides):

  • Penicillins
  • Tetracycline
  • Doxycycline
  • Amoxicillin
  • Ampicillin
  • Zithromax/azithromycin
  • Beta-Lactams
  • Ciprofloxacin

Fluoroquinolone Anitbiotics:

  • Parfloxacin
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Enoxacin
  • Levofloxacin
  • Lomefloxacin
  • Norfloxacin
  • Ofloxacin

Seizure Medications/Anticonvulsants:

  • Tegretol
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin Sodium/Dilantin
  • Carbamazepine

If you are taking a new medication and begin to feel flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or dry eyes, you should seek medical help immediately if these symptoms are followed by a skin rash, blisters, or one of the other symptoms mentioned below.

Symptoms of SJS and TEN

SJS patients suffer from inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes. Symptoms of the condition include.

  • Rash, blisters, or red splotches on skin
  • Persistent fever
  • Blisters in mouth, eyes, ears, nose, genital area
  • Swelling of eyelids, red eyes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Recent history of having taken a prescription or over-the-counter medication

The most extreme cases of SJS can destroy eye tissues and cause blindness or spread to internal organs such as the lungs, heart, kidney, and liver. Other times the blisters can spread through the vaginal area, and cause some victims to lose their fingernails and hair. In its late stages, SJS is known as TEN, in which large areas of the skin become detached and lesions develop in the mucous membranes.

SJS and TENS are life-threatening reactions. If left untreated, they can result in death. Complications can include permanent blindness, dry-eye syndrome, photophobia, lung damage, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, permanent loss of nail beds, scarring of the esophagus and other mucous membranes, arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Treatment for SJS and TEN

If SJS or TEN are diagnosed, all medications should be discontinued, particularly those known to cause SJS reactions. Supportive treatment is similar to that given to patients with thermal burns, and may include the administration of IV fluids to avoid dehydration. If the patient has developed an infection, suitable antibiotics will be administered. Topical and oral corticosteroids may also be used to treat affected areas, and pain medications such as morphine are administered to make the patient as comfortable as possible. Severe cases of SJS may need to be treated in the hospital ICU, while TEN is treated in hospital burn units.

Learn more about Filing an SJS Lawsuit

If you or someone you love suffered from SJS or TEN due to a prescription or over-the-counter drug, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the medication that caused your pain and suffering. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the SJS lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-403-6191.