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Many people have not heard of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, (SJS) but it is important to know out before taking some common medications.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition in which a person’s skin and mucus membranes react severely in response to a medication. The condition often begins with flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, sore throat, and cough, followed by a painful red rash that eventually blisters and causes the top layer of skin to die.

Common medications are often the cause of SJS. The medications typically associated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  • Penicillins
  • Anticonvulsants, such as Dilantin (phenytoin),
  • Drugs used to treat osteoarthritis, such as Dolobid (diflunisal), Feldene (piroxicam), Naprosyn (naproxen) and others

No matter what the cause, medical malpractice may be to blame for suffering SJS. For example, a physician may prescribe the incorrect medication, or fail to take potential adverse interactions into account when prescribing a drug. A doctor may also fail to recognize SJS, which can lead to potentially life-threatening complications.

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If you or someone you love has suffered injury due to the negligence of a physician or other medical personnel, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information about how a medical malpractice attorney can help, contact us today.