Stevens Johnson Syndrome

The use of ibuprofen and other similar pain relievers has been linked to a serious and potentially deadly condition known as Stevens Johnson syndrome (SJS). Younger patients who take over-the-counter medications such as Children’s Advil or Children’s Motrin may be especially vulnerable to SJS and a related condition, toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).

SJS is a severe rash that affects the skin and mucous membranes, often causing blisters. Symptoms of SJS begin with a severe burning sensation on the face and upper torso before spreading to the rest of the body. Patients with SJS or TEN may be left with permanent injuries from their condition, including blindness, lung damage, chronic fatigue syndrome and damage to the esophagus or other mucous membranes.

Although SJS can affect patients of all ages, the largest number of victims of the disease are children. Health groups have received numerous reports of children who developed SJS after being treated with pain relievers such as Children’s Advil or Children’s Motrin.

The Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged the link between ibuprofen and SJS, but has declined to add a black box warning to the label of ibuprofen drugs or recall them from sale. Other NSAID pain relievers including Bextra already carry a warning about SJS.

If you or a loved one used ibuprofen or other NSAID pain relievers and suffered Stevens Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the case evaluation form located on this page.

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