Have you or a loved one suffered from a serious side effect while taking Lamictal?
If so, you may qualify to file a Lamictal lawsuit.
Lamictal (lamotrigine), which is prescribed to treat seizures and bipolar disorder has been linked to serious and potentially deadly side effects including:
- Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
- Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS)
- Drug-Induced Hypersensitivity Syndrome (DIHS)
- Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
All of the above drug reactions include Lamictal rash as part of their symptoms.
If you or a loved one developed a Lamictal rash, you may qualify to pursue compensation by filing a Lamictal lawsuit.
See if you qualify by filling out the short form on this page. It’s absolutely free to participate, so act now!
Overview: FDA Lamictal HLH Safety Warning
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning in April 2018 stating that Lamictal has been linked to a serious immune system reaction called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).
The link has led the FDA to require that Lamictal maker GlaxoSmithKline provide a new warning that will be added to the medication’s prescribing information and drug label.
HLH is an immunodeficiency that is life-threatening, affecting those of all ages and ethnic groups. Symptoms of HLH include:
- Enlarged liver—symptoms may include pain, tenderness, or unusual swelling over the liver area in the upper right belly
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Skin rash
- Yellow skin or eyes
- Unusual bleeding
- Nervous system problems—including seizures, trouble walking, difficulty seeing, or other visual disturbances
The FDA says that HLH can be confused with other drug reactions including Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms, or DRESS.
Those who have HLH will typically have at least five of the following symptoms:
- Fever and rash
- Enlarged spleen
- Elevated levels of triglycerides or low blood levels of fibrinogen
- High levels of blood ferritin
- Hemophagocytosis identified through bone marrow, spleen, or lymph node biopsy
- Decreased or absent Natural Killer (NK) Cell activity
- Elevated blood levels of CD25 showing prolonged immune cell activation
The FDA warns that it’s very important that you do not stop taking Lamictal without first consulting a doctor because doing so could cause serious problems including uncontrolled seizures.
Other Lamictal Rash Adverse Reactions
This isn’t the first time that Lamictal has been linked to serious adverse reactions.
The epilepsy drug has been linked to a number of side effects such as:
- Blurred vision
- Chest pain
- Sleeping problems
- Head pain
- Joint Pain
Lamictal has also been linked to a number of severe and potentially deadly drug reactions, as detailed below.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Lamictal Stevens Johnson Syndrome is an allergic reaction to a drug that attacks the skin and mucous membranes. Lamictal Stevens Johnson Syndrome results in blisters and skin burns that cover up to 30 percent of the body surface area.
A Lamictal rash like SJS can affect those in all age groups and races, but it is more common in women than men by a small percentage.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) is a more severe form of Lamictal Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The surface area it covers extends beyond 30 percent of the surface area.
While 50 percent of Stevens Johnson Syndrome cases are induced by a drug, up to 95 percent of TENs cases are precipitated by drug use. Drugs that are known to induce TEN include Lamictal.
DRESS: Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms
Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) is also known as Drug-Induced Hypersensitivity Syndrome (DIHS). DRESS is also a reported reaction to Lamictal.
Like Lamictal Stevens Johnson Syndrome and TEN, DRESS also presents itself as a Lamictal rash that includes skin eruption, or a break out on the skin.
Other DRESS signs and symptoms include:
- Hematologic abnormalities—eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia, atypical lymphocytosis, and lymphadenopathy
- Inflammation of internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, and lungs
One factor that makes drug-induced DRESS complicated is that there is a long latency period between when the drug is taken and when the reaction presents itself. The latency period ranges from two to eight weeks.
Is a Lamictal Lawsuit Right for You?
A Lamictal rash diagnosis of one of the conditions detailed above is frightening enough for anyone affected. Treating conditions such as Lamictal Stevens Johnson Syndrome, TEN, DRESS or HLH will likely require hospitalization. This means high medical costs and time away from work.
If you believe your diagnosis was caused by Lamictal, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lamictal lawsuit.
Learn more by filling out the form on this page for a free case evaluation.
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