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Understanding causes of SJS can help reduce number of reactions

More than 2,000 drugs, including penicillin, antibiotics, some epilepsy drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs including popular OTC brands Advil, Aleve and Motrin, have been linked to a rare but life threatening allergic reaction to medicine known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). When people first present symptoms of the condition, they are most often misdiagnosed until the patient’s health worsens. Though rare, some cases can be fatal. Which is why it is important to understand SJS and recognize its symptoms so that medical attention can be sought early. SJS usually begins with a fever, sore throat and fatigue. As the condition progresses, ... Read More

Retired NBA player Manute Bol suffering serious medication reaction

Retired NBA player Manute Bol is in the hospital with kidney failure and Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a life-threatening skin condition. The former Washington Bullets center was hospitalized in Northern Virginia after spending several months in his hometown of Sudan. Bol was building a school there through the group Sudan Sunrise. According to Bol’s facebook page, the former NBA player developed SJS after taking medication. SJS has been associated with more than 2,000 medications, most commonly antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral medications. Those who suffer from SJS develop a rash on the skin that blisters over, causing the top layer of ... Read More

Texas man sues drug maker after suffering serious skin reaction

A Texas man is suing the maker of his anti-epileptic drugs claiming the medications caused him to develop a severe skin reaction known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or SJS, according to the West Virginia Record. In April 2008, Juan Morales was prescribed Dilantin and Phenytoin, both made by Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Morales says he sought medical treatment after he developed a rash on 80 percent of his body. He was given another prescription to treat the rash and sent home. However, the rash continued to get worse and on May 22, 2008, he was admitted to Corpus Christi Medical Center and ... Read More

SpunkyRachel: ‘I have finally begun to flourish’

It’s been almost a year since we last checked in on Rachel Corley-Gutierrez, better known by her YouTube moniker, SpunkyRachel. The young woman was diagnosed with the rare but life threatening allergic reaction to medication known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) just two weeks after taking ibuprofen for a headache. Her YouTube video diaries track her long and painful road to recovery. Her latest update is encouraging. “Seemed like a lifetime ago,” she comments on her video titled “Getting on, moving on.” Photos flash on the screen of a lovely woman with flowing dark hair. “A few days before Stevens ... Read More

New migraine treatment to be available in US this month

A medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat migraine headaches is scheduled to become available in the United States this month. Cambia (diclofenac potassium for oral solution) was found to reduce migraine pain within 30 minutes, according to a study published in Cephalalgia, the international journal of headache. Data from the International Migraine Pain Assessment Clinical Trial (IMPACT) showed clinically significant improvement following treatment with Cambia in all four FDA-mandated co-primary endpoints for migraine – pain, nausea, potophobia and ponophobia. “Our study demonstrates that diclofenac potassium for oral solution relieved the pain and reduced the other ... Read More

New arthritis drug linked to SJS, TEN

A newly approved drug for the treatment of arthritis in patients at risk of developing NSAID-associated gastric ulcers has been linked to a rare but serious hypersensitivity disorder known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). VIMOVO (naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium) delayed-release tablets by AstraZeneca and POZEN, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the relief of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. The medication is also designed to decrease the risk of developing gastric ulcers in patients at risk of developing NSAID-associated ulcers. The fixed dose of the pain-relieving non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug ... Read More

Mother says SJS awareness is a must: ‘Ignorance is not bliss’

My son was 2.5 years old when he was admitted to the Children’s Hospital on Nov 7th, 2009, in Winnipeg, MB Canada. I also had never heard of SJS. Today, it is all I think about. The mother of young Liam refers to herself simply as Melanie. But she so identified with Avi Selk’s recent Dallas Morning News story about a rare skin condition known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or SJS, that she felt compelled to comment on the story. My son was very ill. He was the first child they had ever had in that hospital that had needed ... Read More

Accutane linked to bowel problem, serious skin condition

A new study on the side effects of Accutane published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggest that the acne drug may increase the risk of developing bowel problems. The findings come just weeks after a New Jersey jury awarded an Alabama man $25.16 million because they believed Roche’s Accutane caused the man to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a group of digestive disorders that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Researchers looked at data from 87 health insurance providers and found more than 8,000 people had been diagnosed with IBD. The data also showed that people taking Accutane were ... Read More

Flu treatment and prevention drug linked to serious allergic reaction

A medicine used to treat and help prevent the flu may put patients at risk for a rare but life-threatening condition in which the skin peels off the body in sheets, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The agency notified the public that it has approved safety label changes for Relenza (zanamivir) Inhalation Powder for oral inhalation. The Adverse Reactions section of the drug’s new safety label now includes a risk of rash, including serious cutaneous reactions (e.g. erythema multiforme, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, SJS, and toxic epidermal necrolysis, TEN). Relenza is a ... Read More

Hypertension drug’s new label warns of SJS, TEN

A medication used for the management of hypertension now includes an updated safety label that warns patients of a rare but serious skin condition, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. The new safety label for Inderide (propranolol HCL/hydrochlorothiazide) tablets carries a warning of “erythema multiforme including Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), exfoliative dermatitis, including toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)” in the Adverse Reactions section. SJS and its most severe form, TEN, are allergic reactions to medication. More than 2,000 drugs have been associated with the condition. The condition begins with blisters that cause ... Read More