Lamictal is an antiepileptic drug that is used to treat bipolar disorder and epileptic conditions in certain individuals. However, the FDA has discovered that Lamictal and other antiepileptic drugs may cause certain complications, including the skin reaction known as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Lamictal is commonly used to treat seizures in children but in recent years it has been linked to a handful of serious issues, illnesses, and even death. If you or your child has been prescribed Lamictal, it is important you are aware of the potential serious complications, including the life-threatening skin condition, TEN.
What is Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis?
TEN is a very serious skin disorder that is characterized by a blistering or peeling of the skin. It is related to another dangerous skin condition, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), which has been pinpointed as a side effect of taking Lamictal. TEN and SJS are thought to be caused by an allergic reaction to certain prescribed medications, such as Lamictal. TEN causes the upper layer of skin to peel in sheets, creating large, exposed raw areas. The raw exposure of these areas can easily become infected, leading to more serious issues. The most common symptoms of TEN include the following:
- A painful, red area
- An individual’s skin peeling without blistering
- Raw, exposed areas of skin
- If left untreated, the condition may spread to the eyes, mouth, throat, genitals, urethra, or anus
TEN Caused by Lamictal
If you or someone you love has taken Lamictal and is experiencing abnormal symptoms such as those listed above, contact your physician immediately. TEN is a very serious condition that can quickly become life-threatening without medical attention. Individuals who are suffering from TEN typically need long-term care in a burn unit in order to keep the condition from spreading and becoming infected. One of the primary causes of death associated with TEN is infection, which is why it is so critical for patients with TEN symptoms to get in touch with their doctor right away.
Those who are experiencing TEN symptoms after taking Lamictal are also vulnerable to other serious health problems, such as permanent skin damage or scarring. Some patients have reported experiencing inflammation of the lungs, heart, liver, or kidneys after taking Lamictal.
Contact a Lamictal Lawyer Today
Lamictal lawyers at Wormington & Bollinger have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Lamictal. If you or a loved one has taken the drug and been diagnosed with TEN, SJS, or experienced other adverse side effects, you may be entitled to receive compensation. To learn more about TEN and Lamictal or to set up a consultation with one of our lawyers, please contact Wormington & Bollinger today.