People who have taken the drug Dilantin (generic: phenytoin) to manage seizures. Since its introduction, numerous reports of Dilantin skin side effects and injuries have been reported. A major side effect of Dilantin is Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a potentially life-threatening skin disease that produces burn-like rashes, open sores, skin peeling, and even death.
Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome Overview
Dilantin (phenytoin) is a popular anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy and seizures, but it’s also linked to the serious and sometimes fatal skin reactions Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis syndrome (TENS). At least 100 Dilantin lawsuits have been filed by users claiming the drug caused serious side effects and complications. Millions of dollars in Dilantin lawsuit settlements have already been awarded to these victims.
Complications/FDA Warnings/Stevens Johnson Lawsuit Information
Dilantin (generic: phenytoin) was approved by the FDA on November 20, 2001 to manage seizures. Since its introduction, numerous reports of Dilantin skin side effects and injuries have been reported. A major side effect of Dilantin is Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a potentially life-threatening skin disease that produces burn-like rashes, open sores, skin peeling, and even death.
At least 100 Dilantin lawsuits have been filed victims of Dilantin skin reaction injuries. Among other things, these Dilantin lawsuits accuse Pfizer, the drug’s manufacturer, and the generic drug makers Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Baxter Healthcare of being aware of the drug’s dangers but failing to inform patients or the medical community of these risks. As evidence that these companies knew these Dilantin skin side effects, these lawsuits point out that the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting, World Health Organization and Health Canada Adverse Event Database all confirm reports of severe skin reactions caused by Dilantin and phenytoin.
Dilantin and Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Dilantin is just one of the many medications linked to SJS and TENS, severe skin diseases caused by an allergic reaction. A study involving 15 U.S. burn centers found that more than 20% of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis cases were thought to be caused by Dilantin. Of these, 25% died from their Dilantin side effects.
Symptoms of Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis include:
* Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, cough, burning eyes
* Red or purple skin rash
* Blisters on the skin and mucous membranes, especially in the mouth, nose and eyes
* Facial swelling
* Tongue swelling
* Skin pain
* Skin shedding (sloughing)
Between 5% and 15% of SJS patients die from these side effects, while about 30% to 40% of TENS patients die. Those lucky enough to survive may face a lifetime of problems, including:
* Secondary skin infection (cellulitis)
* Sepsis (blood infection)
* Eye problems that can lead to blindness
* Internal organ damage
* Permanent skin damage
Other side effects of Dilantin (phenytoin) include: confusion, slurred speech, dizziness, insomnia, nervousness, twitching, muscle coordination problems, headaches, nausea, vomiting, constipation, uncontrolled jerking of limbs, fatigue, frequent bone fractures or breaks, joint pain, malformed bones, painful erection, severe skin reaction, uncontrolled facial movements, unusual bleeding, and more.
Legal Help For Victims of Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome
If you or a loved one took Dilantin and suffered side effects, you may have legal claim. Dilantin class action lawsuit attorneys are actively investigating all cases of Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Dilantin Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and other Dilantin side effects.
You don’t have to take on the pharmaceutical giants alone. The SJS attorneys at Greg Jones Law will help you get the compensation you deserve. The consultation is free. The Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawyers at Greg Jones Law are waiting to help you take of yourself and your family now!
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