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SJS: A Life Threatening Condition Caused By Drugs Likely Found In Most U.S. Homes
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a life threatening condition which affects the skin and can be caused by very common over-the-counter drugs that are likely found in the majority of most U.S. homes. The condition affects all ages and genders and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has reportedly received hundreds of complaints about serious events. So, what is it, which drugs have been linked to it and how do you know whether you can take legal action to be compensated for your injuries?
What is SJS?
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, also commonly referred to as Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENS) and Lyell’s syndrome, is defined as a hypersensitivity disorder affecting the skin and mucous membranes. It is a severe form of a simple rash known as erythema multiforme which is a skin disorder caused by an allergic reaction or infection. Although SJS occurs twice as often in men, women with SJS are twice as likely to develop TENS – which is the most severe form of SJS. Most cases of SJS appear in people under 30 years of age.
Which drugs have been linked to SJS?
There is a long list of drugs that have been linked to SJS, and while some are available only by prescription, others are over the counter drugs likely found in the majority of medicine cabinets of U.S. households. Some of the drugs which have been linked to SJS include non-steroid anti-inflamatory drugs, or NSAIDs and Cox2 inhibitors, such as Bextra, Children’s Motrin, Celebrex, Ibuprofin, Advil, Aleve, and Excedrin; common cold medications such as Advil Cold & Sinus, Dimetapp Sinus, Motrin IB Sinus and Aleve Cold & Sinus and commonly used antibiotics such as Amocicillin, penicillin and Zithromax (commonly referred to as the Z-pack). The list goes on and on. Labels on many of these drugs do not contain warnings of the possibility of contracting SJS – which has led to numerous lawsuits.
Can you take legal action?
If you’ve developed SJS or TENS after taking one of the many medications that might cause these conditions, you may be able to take legal action against one of the manufacturers and be compensated for your injuries. While every case is different, an experienced products liability attorney will be able to determine whether or not you might have a case. To find out more about SJS and whether you might have a legal action against one of the manufacturers, contact an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your situation and evaluate your options.
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