Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawyers
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a life-threatening skin disease that can cause rash, skin peeling, and sores on the mucous membranes. With Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a person has blistering of mucous membranes, typically in the mouth, eyes, and vagina, and patchy areas of rash.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome has been classified as a severe expression of erythema multiforme (EM).
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is an inflammatory disorder of the skin triggered by an allergic reaction to certain drugs including antibiotics, such as some sulfonamides, tetracycline, amoxicillin, and ampicillin. In some cases, nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medications and anticonvulsants, such as Tegretol and phenobarbital have also been implicated.
Over-the-counter medications may act as triggers as well. In some cases, it is also possible that the disorder may be traced to a reaction to an infection.
Adverse drug reactions (ADR’s) account for approximately 150,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone, making drug reactions the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
The following is a partial list of drugs that have been associated with rare incidents of Stevens-Johnson syndrome:
- Childrens Motrin
- Z-pack or Zithromax
Symptoms that may be associated with this syndrome:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
- slurred speech or staggering walk
- a rash
- changes in vision
- low blood pressure
- slow or irregular heartbeats
- abdominal pain, dark urine, light colored stools, or jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)
- easy bruising or bleeding
- swollen or tender gums
- nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea
- mild dizziness or drowsiness
- tender or swollen glands
- swollen or painful gums
- muscle twitches
- increased facial hair
- swelling of breasts, and
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is bothersome.
Contact your primary physician if you suspect any allergic reaction, or side effect, associated with a prescription or over-the-counter medication. In addition, it may be important to contact a Raleigh Stevens-Johnson syndrome attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit. If you have suffered from symptoms associated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, you may be entitled to compensation. For 30 years, the Raleigh dangerous drug lawyers of Hardison & Cochran have defended those injured or killed because of harmful prescription and non prescription drugs. We know that the success of each case depends upon the network of experts in the medical and legal field who can work with a firm and the case during its investigation. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your claim. Please know that we appreciate very much the trust you have placed in our firm.
Hardison & Cochran serves personal injury and accident victims throughout the state of North Carolina, including, but not limited to, Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Fayetteville, NC.
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