Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Tylenol: The Link Between Skin Conditions and Acetaminophen

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 13-Aug-2013

A widely used drug, familiar and used by many is being tied to dangerous skin conditions that leave some patients with severe scarring and long term complications, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, the FDA is recommending a warning be included on packaging, highlighting risks of skin conditions like Stevens Johnson Syndrome in relation to Acetaminophen use.

Acetaminophen Skin Conditions

The FDA recognized three different skin conditions that may be tied to Acetaminophen use, including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and Exanthematous Pustulosis. Although the conditions tied to Tylenol and other drugs containing Acetaminophen are rare, recent declarations from the FDA tying the ingredient to the conditions is not news among the health care industry. In contrast, some medical experts have previously recognized the role of Acetaminophen in the existence of the skin reactions.

What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?

Characterized by the death and shedding of the top most layer of skin, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can begin as what seems to be a simple rash, pain to areas of the skin or even blisters, progressing into something much more serious and requiring medical attention as soon as possible. SJS can be serious, and even fatal.

While many consumers believe drugs on the market are safe for use, whether prescription drugs or over-the-counter, dangerous reactions and deadly side effects are not often realized by the public until years after a drug emerges on the market. Despite testing and apparent safety, some flaws, defects and side-effects may actually be known by drug company officials, leaders and employees.

Some of the most common symptoms of Stevens Johnson Syndrom (SJS), include:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Burning eyes
  • Tongue swelling
  • Rash or Hives
  • Blisters on skin and mucous membranes

At The Carlson Law Firm, our team of attorneys have been helping victims of defective drugs and the loved ones who’ve lost family members at the hands of dangerous products since 1976. For a free consultation with our Acetaminophen attorneys, call 800-359-5690. We care. We can help.


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