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History of SJS

The medical condition of Stevens Johnson Syndrome a.k.a. SJS is a rare but life-threatening condition that is generally caused by a severe allergic reaction to medication. Unfortunately, most doctors will admit that they do not understand the mechanism of action of SJS, most believe it results from damage to the blood vessels in the skin, which can cause secondary damage to surrounding tissues. Unfortunately, many victims of SJS will develop painful lesions, blisters, and scarring on the skin and underlying mucous membranes, with doctors failing to determine the cause.

Most of the public does not know much or understand the condition of SJS.  Approximately fifty years ago the condition surfaced soon after the introduction of the antibiotic drugs derived from sulfonamides. These drugs were used to prevent infection in battlefield wounds during the second World War.  These types of drugs quickly became a common first aid treatment before the availability of penicillin. Unfortunately, "sulfa", as it was called, can trigger extreme allergic reactions that most medical professionals had no experience treating. Over the next few fourty plus years, sulfonamides were used in a larger variety of medicines than antibiotics.

Then over the last ten years, the popular COX-2 Inhibitor drugs such as Celebrex and Bextra were discovered to triggered the condition SJS.  Now many experts in the field agree that drugs such as common antibiotics, barbiturates, Dilantin, Lamictal, Bextra, Motrin and Viramune can cause SJS.

If you or someone you love developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome due to a medication, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury and loss. You must act now, for laws called statutes of limitations restrict the amount of time you have to take legal action against those responsible for your devastating condition. If you wait, you could lose everything. A Lawyer that can help you trace back the underlying cause of your Stevens Johnson Syndrome can help change your life for the better. Contact our Law Firm today at 800-862-1260.
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