What Causes Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS)?

Posted On December 4th, 2010 By CSSFIRM.COM

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare disease caused from a drug reaction.  This life threatening disease affects thousands of people each year.

Symptoms of SJS include hives, blisters, shedding of the skin, swelling of the face, red or purple skin rash, skin pain, headaches and swelling of the tongue.  SJS can result in serious pain and suffering and in some circumstances, death.

Dilantin, a drug associated with SJS, is also known as phenytoin sodium and manufactured by Pfizer.  It is used in the treatment of seizures.  In many situations, the consumer of drug will see visible manifestations of SJS reaction within a few days of starting the anti-seizure medication.  However, others may not see the manifestations or reaction due to Dilantin until several weeks later. 

Other drugs associated with SJS include:

  • Advil/Ibuprofen
  • Ansaid/flurbiprofen
  • Allopurinol
  • Bextra/valdexocib
  • Cataflam/diclofenac
  • Celebrex/celoxicab
  • Children’s Advil/motrin
  • Clinoril/sulindac
  • Daypro/oxaprozin
  • Dilantin/phenytoin
  • Cerebyx/Fosphenytoin
  • Dolobid/diflunisal
  • Feldene/piroxicam
  • Indocin/indomethacin
  • Lamictal/lamotrigine
  • Lodine/etodolac
  • Nalfon/fenoprofen
  • Mobic/meloxicam
  • Motrin/ibuprofen
  • Naprosyn/naproxen
  • Oruvail/ketoprofen
  • Ponstel/mefenamic
  • Relafen/nabumetone
  • Tolectin/tolmetin
  • Septra DS/ all sulpha antibiotics
  • Toradol/ketorolac
  • Vioxx/refecoxib
  • Zithromax/azithromycin

If you have any of the above symptoms and have taken counter or prescription drugs, it is crucial you seek medical attention immediately.  The sooner you seek medical attention and the reaction is diagnosed, the better apt medical providers will be to address this deadly disease.

If you or a loved one has recently take an over the counter drug or prescription drug and you have developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, you may want to contact our lawyers at Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC to see how we can help protect your legal rights. We help patients and families all over the country and do so with unparalleled experience and results.

Please also contact us to receive a copy of: The 10 Things Every SJS Patient Should Know and Do

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