Lamictal is a powerful anti-convulsant drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. This drug is also oftentimes prescribed by mental health professionals for bipolar disorder and seizure disorder. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Lamictal a black box warning, the most serious warning it issues, because the drug has been linked to a life-threatening skin condition known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS).
Despite the black box warning, thousands still take Lamictal because they either haven’t been warned of the possible risk of SJS or simply believe that no drug is comparable.
If you or a loved one developed SJS after taking Lamictal, you may be able to bring a defective drug lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline or the medical professional who prescribed the drug to you. At Strong Law Offices, in Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield, Decatur and Chicago, Illinois, our Lamictal defense attorneys offer free consultations to injured clients across Illinois. Call 309-565-8191.
What Is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
The FDA warns that if Stevens-Johnson Syndrome were to occur, it would typically appear in the first two to eight weeks after starting the prescription. At this time, it is unknown what causes Stevens-Johnson Syndrome to occur in some patients, but many medical experts attribute the possible increase to specific drug combinations and note that most cases appear in adults more so than children.
Without specific confirmation of the exact trigger, many physicians still prescribe Lamictal due to its effectiveness to their patients. Lamictal is oftentimes prescribed to treat seizures, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, peripheral neuropathy, cluster headaches, depression, migraines, and neuropathic pain.
Did You Develop SJS? Were You Properly Warned?
It is important for patients to be aware of the risks of Lamictal. Patients who have experienced a rash or been diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome after taking Lamictal should seek legal advice to determine whether or not they have been properly warned of the risks of taking Lamictal. Particularly, in light of the FDA black box warning.
The legal allegations that could be brought against GlaxoSmithKline potentially include negligence, false advertising, concealing information and other similar allegations.
Legal action should also be considered against the prescribing physician to determine whether or not the prescribing physician properly warned of any potential risks or side effects of Lamictal and specifically warned against the possibility of acquiring Stevens-Johnson Syndrome as a result of using Lamictal.
Have you or a loved one developed SJS after taking Lamictal? Contact the experienced lawyers at Strong Law Offices for a free consultation. Please send us an e-mail or call 309-565-8191 or toll free at 866-822-8330.
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