Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a serious, potentially deadly skin disease that can occur as a result of taking Lamictal, the anti-epileptic medication used to treat seizures. Over the last several years, Lamictal lawyers at Wormington & Bollinger have helped individuals throughout Texas who have suffered from SJS as a result of taking Lamictal pursue legal action against the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline. In August 2010, the FDA issued a warning about Lamictal, stating the drug had been linked to several serious issues and illnesses, including SJS. Together with aseptic meningitis, SJS has been pinpointed as the most serious illness associated with taking Lamictal. If you or a loved one has taken Lamictal and has suffered any negative side effects, please contact Wormington & Bollinger today. Our knowledgeable team of Lamictal lawyers understand what it takes to pursue legal action against the manufacturers of the drug, and we are committed to helping your receive the justice and compensation you deserve for your suffering.

About SJS

A serious skin condition where the mucous membranes of the skin react to a medication (such as Lamictal) or infection, SJS has a mortality rate of 40 percent. Most people who have SJS experience a fever, sore throat, cough or burning sensation, hives, skin pain, blisters, shedding, or facial swelling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.

SJS is not only a common side effect in adults who have taken Lamictal, but there have been numerous reports of children who have been prescribed the drug also becoming ill. If you or your child has developed SJS after taking Lamictal, you may be entitled to legal compensation. In some cases, symptoms of SJS have taken three weeks or longer to show up. Because of this, it is extremely important for you to contact your local physician if you have taken Lamictal. While SJS can affect any age group, it should be noted that it occurs most commonly in older people who are taking other drugs in addition to Lamictal. If you or a loved one is in this age group, it may be a good idea to educate yourself about the symptoms of SJS and remain vigilant for any signs of this serious skin condition.

Treating SJS

As mentioned, SJS is a very serious side effect of taking Lamictal that should not be taken lightly. In most cases, management of those with SJS is provided in intensive care units or burn centers. Because there is no specific treatment for SJS, most patients are treated symptomatically. In patients who have developed SJS as a result of taking Lamictal, doctors will stop the drug right away. At this point, patients will be treated with pain medication and skin lesions will be treated as burns. Special attention is given to the airway as well as fluid control and wound/burn care in general. The physician may also use topical and oral corticosteroids to treat the areas of the skin affected by SJS. It is important that patients are treated in extremely clean, hygienic environments in order to alleviate the risk of further infection, which may lead to death.

If you have taken Lamictal and have experienced any of the above symptoms, please contact a Lamictal lawyer from Wormington & Bollinger today. Our experienced lawyers will go over your case in detail and determine whether or not you have a case against the manufacturers of the drug.