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Stevens Johnson Syndrome Linked to Bactrim

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an antibiotic prescribed to adults and children to treat ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and other bacterial infections. However, bactrim side effects are numerous—the most common and potentially lethal side effect is Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS)and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).

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Bactrim Stevens Johnson Syndrome

Skin BlistersBactrim was approved by the FDA in 1973. Since that time, Bactrim and the combined antibiotic treatment of Bactrim and Septra (known as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) have caused severe allergic reactions in countless patients, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS).

Stevens Johnson Syndrome

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a rare inflammatory skin disorder that can be life-threatening. The disease causes lesions in the mouth, eyes and on the body. Stevens Johnson Syndrome can occur at any age although the majority of cases range between the ages of 20 and 40. One-fifth of the cases occur in people under the age of 20.

Symptoms of SJS include: fever, sore throat, and headache, difficulty breathing, inflammation/swelling of throat, lips, tongue and face, hives, skin lesions, blisters, and unusual bleeding.

In some cases, permanent skin damage and scarring occur. Lesions on internal organs can cause serious inflammation of the lungs, heart and kidneys. Up to 27 percent of those affected by Stevens Johnson Syndrome or related illnesses incur long term eye damage or vision loss. Upwards of 15 percent of patients with this syndrome die from the condition.

SJS can become deadly and requires medical attention as soon as allergic reactions are noticeable.

Those with kidney or liver disease are not advised to take Bactrim; the drug is not approved for infants under 2 months old and it is classified by the FDA as category C, since the effects of Bactrim on a fetus are unknown.

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If you or a loved one has suffered from Stevens Johnson Syndrome after taking Bactrim, please click the link below to send your complaint to a lawyer to evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.

Last updated on Apr-14-09

BACTRIM SJS LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

SJS Bactrim "Almost Did Me In"
SJS Bactrim "Almost Did Me In" Zebulon, NC: Almost a year ago, Anthony was prescribed Bactrim for a staph infection, but didn't finish the treatment—and that may have saved his life. "I took about half the pills but stopped because I got a terrible rash in my mouth, under both my arms and around my shoulder blades," he says. To this day, he still suffers from a recurring rash and blisters; Anthony believes he still has Bactrim Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) [READ MORE]


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Anonymous
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Yesterday, I almost died from 1 dose of Bactrim. I craweled to the phone 911. I couldn't breath. sweating a lot fast heart, numb lips.

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Virginia
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I suffered blistering of the body and the mouth. I also lost feeling in my feet and was unable to walk. My vision became blurry and i was hospitalized for ten (10) days.

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North Carolina
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I feel like I must have long term effects from my SJS. My eye twitches quite frequently. I get overwhelmed more now because I feel like I can't keep my mind straight and as a result I stress out more.

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Oregon
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I was in the burn unit for a month, and have suffered with eye problems ever since. I have had nine eye surgeries, and I have to see an opthamoligist every month. I've had cateracts and all sorts of eye problems, and will have for the rest of my life.

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Alabama
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My father in law was suffering from leukemia and was prescribed Bactrim; on the 5th day of medication he died from complications of the drug.

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North Carolina
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On 13 June 2007, my husband was prescribed Bactrim for a swollen prostrate. At this appointment, he was given a PSA test. The PSA test came back negative/clear a day or so later but the doctor failed to inform us of the results. My husband took the Bactrim for 19 days and finally went back to the doctor because he was feeling so bad. Another doctor read his PSA test and took him immediatley off the Bactrim because he should have never been taking it because the PSA test was clear. On 5 July, we were in the Emergency Room. On 7 July, we were in the Emergeny Room. On 9 July, he was hospitalized with a severe reaction to Bactrim and has all the symptoms of SJS. He is still in the hospital.

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Florida
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Every so often (3 times now) over the course of past year eye eruptions and sore throat, facial swelling with joint pain. These symptoms are not as severe as some I have read of, but still I am unwilling to go in public with a swollen face and the joint pain makes it not possible for me to work at my computer. I am self-employed so my business suffers. My own family spoke to me of the possibility my HUSBAND had hit me in the face. How humiliated I was.
I spoke with Winn-Dixie pharmacy public relations several times, faxed to their corporate HQ here in Jax, Fl requesting they amend their drug information sheet to include these symptoms. They should immediately discontinue this med, but not one change have they made. I am so disappointed. This information should be in all drug information sheets.

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