STEVENS-JOHNSON SYNDROME (SJS)

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious adverse skin reaction that is usually a reaction to a Medication that was recently started or taken.  It is accompanied by a Rash and Blisters where the skin in the affected areas dies and sloughs off.  When more than 30% of the skin is involved Steven-Johnson Syndrome is classified as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENs).  

Both Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN's) are medical emergencies that require immediate medical attention and often result in hospitalization. 

This site is not a substitute for medical advice and you should seek immediate medical attention rather than trying to self diagnose.  However, the following information may be helpful.

Symptoms

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome symptoms may include:

  • A Rash and Skin that begins to turn red or purple
  • Hives
  • Skin pain
  • Blisters in your mouth, nose, eyes and genitals

Before the rash develops in Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, people often experience flu like symptoms, such as:

  • Fever
  • Sore mouth and throat
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Itching or Burning eyes

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome requires immediate medical attention. Seek emergency medical care if you begin to experience any symptoms, especially if you have recently begun or taken a new medication.:

Drugs That Cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Drugs and Medications that can cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome include:

  • Anti-gout medications, such as Allopurinol
  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve)
  • Medications to fight infection, such as sulfas and Bactrim
  • Medications to treat seizures or mental health issues, such as Lamictal or Lamotrigine

Permanent Injuries and Death

Recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis can take months, and injuries can be permanent.  They may include vision problems, sensitivity to light, scarring or discoloration of the skin, toenails and fingernails that do not grow back normally, sensitivity to the sun, increased sensitivity to temperatures, fertility problems, irritated and dry eyes, and internal organ damage.  In the most severe cases, they can cause death.

If you or a loved one have been the Victim of a Medication or Pharmacy Error, please call us for a Free Consultation at 877-781-7080 or 770-457-9222. If you'd prefer, you can email us at trent@speckhalslaw.com