STEVENS JOHNSON SYNDROME

Reported cases of SJS/TENS disproportionately affect children and adult women.

-Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation

Georgia Stevens Johnson Syndrome  Attorney

What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare yet potentially fatal allergic reaction to medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Initially, SJS presents with flu-like symptoms, and these are followed by a painful, blistering rash which is red or purple in color. Open sores caused by the blisters leaves patients very vulnerable to infection, and the rash of SJS is so severe that patients are often treated in burn units in hospitals. The pain caused by the rash is such that patients have described it as feeling as though they were "burning from the inside out". If the SJS rash covers more than 30% of a patient's body, the condition has progressed to toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which is often fatal.

In addition to an excruciating rash, long recovery period, and potential scarring, individuals diagnosed with SJS or TEN may also face:

  • Hearing loss

  • Blindness

  • Organ failure

  • Death

SJS may be Caused by Medications

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is such a rare condition that many people are not even aware it exists. Additionally, not all medication labels warn of the possibility of SJS or TEN as a reaction to medication, so users of these drugs may not be aware that their symptoms are linked to a serious condition until essential treatments have been postponed and their lives are at risk.

Medications which have been associated with SJS and TEN include:

  • Acetaminophen

  • Tylenol

  • Incivek

  • Allopurinol

  • Children's Motrin

  • Motrin

  • Dilantin

  • Lamictal

  • Bextra

  • Children's Advil

  • Children's Tylenol

  • Daypro

  • Diclofenac

  • Dolobid

  • Flagyl

  • Naprosyn

  • Neurontin

  • Remicade

  • Topamax

  • Allopurinol

  • Tegretol

  • Celebrex

  • Phenytoin

  • Antibiotics

  • Barbiturates

  • Anticonvulsants

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

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