Commonly prescribed to individuals suffering from epileptic conditions, seizures, or bipolar disorder, Lamictal has been tied to numerous dangerous side effects. In August 2010, the FDA issued a warning stating that Lamictal had been tied to several serious illnesses or even death. Some of the most serious illnesses that Lamictal has been linked to include aseptic meningitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Since the warning was issued, there have been dozens of lawsuits brought against GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the drug. While awareness regarding the dangerous side effects of Lamictal were not brought to light until somewhat recently, the FDA did add a black box warning for Lamictal in 1997 because of a handful of life-threatening and even fatal rashes that were reported by adults and children who had been prescribed the drug. If you or a loved one has been prescribed Lamictal in recent years and has experienced any unusual or negative side effects, please contact a Lamictal lawyer from Wormington & Bollinger immediately. We have represented numerous individuals throughout Texas – bring lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline and helping our clients receive the compensation they deserve for their suffering.

Understanding TEN

TEN is an extremely serious and even life-threatening skin disorder that is characterized by a blistering and peeling of skin. TEN is known to be caused by a reaction to certain antibiotics or anticonvulsants, such as Lamictal. For many people with TEN, the skin will begin to peel in large sheets, leave expansive raw areas exposed. As a result of the loss of skin, fluids and salts will ooze from the damaged areas, creating a greater chance for infection. If you have taken Lamictal and have noticed an abnormal rash or your skin has begun to peel, seek medical attention immediately. TEN is a very serious condition that, if left untreated, may result in death.

Treating TEN

In most cases, the treatment of TEN will include the discontinuation of the offending drug, such as Lamictal, as well as management in burn units or intensive care units and nutritional support. It is important that you consult your physician in regards to your specific treatment plan. However, the following are some of the factors that will help your doctor determine what treatment plan will be best for your particular case of TEN:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of condition
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations
  • Your treatment preference

It should be noted that TEN is an extremely fast-moving disease, typically within three days. To start, treatment usually includes hospitalization and discontinuation of the drug. Additional treatment options include the following:

  • Isolation to prevent infection
  • Protective bandages
  • IV fluid and electrolytes

To learn more about Lamictal and how it has been linked to serious conditions such as TEN, please contact Wormington & Bollinger today.