Was it Zithromax? It could have been. We don’t know for sure as the CBS (12/11/14) report does not specify what the antibiotic was. But it could have been, as Zithromax (azithromycin) has been linked to Zithromax Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a rare allergic reaction typified by blisters and skin loss akin to serious burns. Doctors have characterized SJS as the body burning from the inside out.
It is rare, but for those who succumb to the horrific disease, Stevens Johnson Syndrome is horrid and sometimes deadly. It can rob a person of their sight, either temporarily or permanently. Many victims of SJS have to contend with heightened sensitivity to light for the rest of their lives. Zithromax side effects include a rare association with Stevens Johnson Syndrome, as do other medications.
In Castanada’s case, the 19-year-old only took one pill. Just one. But one was all it took, as she soon began experiencing burning sensations in her throat, eyes and mouth. Her eyes became bloodshot. Taking no chances, Castanada’s mother rushed Yaasmeen to the emergency room at the local hospital, where a diagnosis of SJS was quickly made.
Yaasmeen, indeed, suffered an allergic reaction to the antibiotic she was given. Within four days, Castanada’s condition worsened dramatically. Occurring adjacent to US Thanksgiving, the 19-year-old has since suffered burn-like blisters and lesions to over 70 percent of her body. She has endured two surgical procedures. Two weeks before Christmas, the California State University sophomore was still in the intensive care burn unit, and was hoping to be home in time for Christmas. However, with Stevens Johnson Syndrome, there are never any guarantees.
Zithromax Stevens Johnson Syndrome can begin with a Zithromax rash, quickly progressing to Zithromax reactions such as SJS.
There’s not much help on the Zithromax product labeling. On the official Zithromax website, a page intended for consumers and last updated in June 2011 deals only with children’s Zithromax, and makes a veiled reference to the possibility of an allergic reaction. Zithromax manufacturer Pfizer simply advises parents to have their child see a doctor quickly if signs of a possible allergic reaction surfaces. Zithromax SJS is not mentioned.
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Little wonder many sufferers of Stevens Johnson Syndrome seek the services of a Zithromax attorney. SJS remains extremely rare. But at the same time, consumers want to know that Zithromax side effects could include, albeit rare, Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The results are often devastating and tragic, if and when it happens.