SJS Lawsuit: Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Lawsuit Investigation

Dilantin is the most commonly prescribed medication for seizures in children. The FDA approved it in 1932. Since then, there have been over 10,000 cases of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) reported to the FDA.

Information about complications, FDA warnings, and the Stevens Johnson lawsuit

Injuries caused by dilantin

On November 20, 2001, the FDA authorized Dilantin (generic: phenytoin) for the treatment of seizures. There have been many instances of Dilantin skin adverse effects and injuries since its debut. Stevens Johnson Syndrome, a potentially fatal skin condition characterized by burn-like rashes, open sores, skin peeling, and even death, is a common adverse effect of Dilantin.

At least 100 Dilantin skin reaction lawsuits have been brought by Dilantin skin response sufferers. These Dilantin lawsuits accuse Pfizer, the drug’s manufacturer, as well as generic drugmakers Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Baxter Healthcare, of knowing about the drug’s hazards but neglecting to warn patients or the medical community about them. The FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting, the World Health Organization’s Adverse Event Database, and Health Canada’s Adverse Event Database all corroborate allegations of severe skin responses induced by Dilantin and phenytoin, according to these lawsuits.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Dilantin

SJS and TENS, serious skin disorders caused by an allergic response, have been related to a number of medicines, including Dilantin. Dilantin was shown to be the cause of more than 20% of Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis cases in a research including 15 U.S. burn clinics. Dilantin side effects claimed the lives of 25% of those who used it.


Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis have the following symptoms:

  • Fever, sore throat, cough, and burning eyes are flu-like symptoms.
  • A rash that is red or purple in color.
  • Hives
  • Skin and mucous membrane blisters, particularly in the mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Swelling of the face
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Skin abrasions
  • Shedding of the skin (sloughing)

SJS patients die between 5% and 15% of the time from these adverse effects, while TENS patients die between 30% and 40% of the time. Those who are fortunate enough to survive may face a lifetime of issues, such as:

  • Infection of the skin as a secondary infection (cellulitis)
  • Sepsis (sepsis) is a (blood infection)
  • Problems with the eyes that may lead to blindness
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Skin injury that is permanent

Confusion, slurred speech, dizziness, insomnia, nervousness, twitching, muscle coordination problems, headaches, nausea, vomiting, constipation, uncontrolled jerking of limbs, fatigue, frequent bone fractures or breaks, joint pain, malformed bones, painful erection, severe skin reaction, uncontrolled facial movements, unusual bleeding, and more are all possible side effects of Dilantin (phenytoin).

Victims of the Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome may be eligible for legal assistance.

You may have a legal claim if you or a loved one used Dilantin and had adverse effects. Dilantin Stevens Johnson Syndrome, Dilantin Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, and other Dilantin side effects are being investigated by Dilantin class action lawyers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sue for Steven Johnson Syndrome?

I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice.

Is there a class action lawsuit against Dilantin?

There is no class action lawsuit against Dilantin.

Can Dilantin cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome?

Dilantin is a drug that can cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This is because the drug causes severe skin inflammation and redness.