Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 8, 2009
The Mulligan Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims involving Dilantin's possible role in the development of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). If you or someone you know has developed SJS and has taken Dilantin, a legal professional should be consulted immediately - contact Eric Gruenwald, Lawyer/Attorney at (866) 529-0001, Ext. 245. All cases are taken on a contingency-fee basis, which means the prospective client does not pay for our services unless an award or compensation is received.
Dilantin is an anti-epileptic, anti-convulsant drug that acts to dampen the runaway brain activity that causes seizures. It is one of the oldest epilepsy medications; in 1938 a new compound, diphenylhydantoin, was a failure as a sedative but was found to have seizure-preventing properties.
Now produced by Pfizer Inc., Dilantin and its generic, Phenytoin, are the most popular drugs in the United States for treatment of partial and secondarily generalized seizures.
The FDA posted an alert on Dilantin (Phenytoin) in November of 2008: the drug is under investigation because of potential increased risk of serious skin reactions, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN).
Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is rare disorder where the skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection, and the skin detaches from the body, peeling off in sheets. SJS is thought to develop due to an immune system disorder, and recovery can take weeks to months, depending on the severity of the condition. SJS usually requires hospitalization.
The simplest way SJS/TEN disease severity is classified is according to body surface area; how much of the skin surface is sloughed off in the disease process.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome is considered a less severe form of TEN - less than 10% of the skin (body surface area) is lost.
Middle Level Stevens Johnson Syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN) - 10% - 30% detachment.
Toxic epidermal necrolysis - more than 30% detachment.
If you or a loved one have taken Dilantin and experienced any of the symptoms of Stevens Johnson Syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.
Consult with your physician before you stop taking any medications, including Dilantin.
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Always consult with your physician before you stop taking any medications, including Dilantin.
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