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Flagyl Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit: What You Need to Know

Flagyl (generic: metronidazole), an antibiotic drug mainly prescribed to older patients who have a reduced level of gut bacteria as the result of taking other antibiotics, may increase the risk of severe, potentially fatal skin reactions known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN).
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If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) after taking Flagyl, you should contact our dangerous drugs law firm immediately.

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Have you experienced Stevens-Johnson Syndrome after Flagyl use? This distressing condition can not only affect your health but also give rise to a flagyl Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawsuit. Health risks associated with medications can be deeply concerning, particularly when those drugs are supposed to provide relief.

With my extensive experience handling drug injury lawsuits, I can help navigate the legal landscape if you or someone close to you has been affected by Flagyl. This article will discuss the dangers of Flagyl and the legal options available for seeking compensation. If you suspect this drug has harmed you, contact us today for a free, confidential case review.

Quick Summary:

  • Flagyl (Metronidazole) is a powerful antibiotic that treats various infections but can have serious side effects like Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), especially with long-term use.
  • Flagyl is used to treat C. difficile, a serious infection where 1 in 8 patients need hospitalization and over 20,000 die annually from its complications.
  • Patients who develop SJS from Flagyl may seek legal compensation for their suffering due to the potential failure of drug manufacturers to warn about this risk, with lawsuits including medical costs and loss of quality of life.

What is Flagyl?

Flagyl is an antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of infections. It is the brand name for Metronidazole, a robust pharmaceutical drug used across the medical landscape. 

It’s been a go-to option for doctors treating a variety of infections, from abdominal to skin and even central nervous system infections like meningitis. The drug works by wreaking havoc on the DNA of bacteria and parasites, leading to their ultimate demise.

However, taking Flagyl, a prescription medication, is not as simple as popping a pill and waiting for it to work its magic. The drug interacts with other medications, such as lithium and blood thinners, and requires specific administration methods for different formulations. 

Here are some important considerations:

  • Immediate-release formulations can be taken with or without food.
  • Extended-release tablets should be taken on an empty stomach.
  • Breastfeeding mothers and patients with liver or kidney issues need to tread carefully, as the drug can cause side effects if not properly managed.

Despite its usefulness as an antibiotic, Flagyl carries a dark side. Long-term use of the drug has been linked to an increased risk of cancer in animal studies, raising concerns about its safety profile.

Flagyl is manufactured and marketed by Pfizer and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2005.

What’s the Problem with Flagyl?

The problem with Flagyl is its association with serious health risks due to the growing concerns about the over-prescription of antibiotics. Widely prescribed to elderly patients with depleted gut bacteria from long-term antibiotic use,

Flagyl has been increasingly linked to severe skin reactions, such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). These conditions pose significant health threats to those using the drug.

What is C. Difficile?

C. difficile is a bacterial infection of the bowel which most commonly affects people who have recently been treated with antibiotics.

Flagyl (Metronidazole) is commonly used to treat infections caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile, often referred to as C. difficile or C. diff. This bacterium can cause symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea to more severe conditions like colitis.

In healthy patients, C. difficile is rarely a problem because it co-exists with other bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Yet when doctors over-prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics such as Zithromax, it can cause C. difficile bacteria to spread.

When it does, the results can be catastrophic — 1 in 8 patients who develop an illness related to C. difficile require hospitalization, and more than 20,000 die from the disease. The problem is that when considering treatments, doctors also risk subjecting their patients to Flagyl Stevens-Johnson Syndrome side effects.

What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)?

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a condition that occurs when the body’s mucus membranes and skin attack each other. Given the fact that patients fighting C. difficile are already suffering from reduced immune systems, this reaction can result in adverse health complications. 

Some doctors prescribe steroids or other drugs to combat the condition, but, unfortunately, there is currently no real cure for SJS.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is one of the severe allergic reactions that can be ignited by an infection or certain medications, including Flagyl. When SJS strikes, the body’s mucus membranes and skin begin a disturbing attack on each other, triggering significant health complications.

Patients who develop Stevens-Johnson Syndrome after taking Flagyl often experience a series of horrible symptoms. It begins with neurological symptoms like dizziness and confusion. Soon after, mucocutaneous manifestations such as erythema of the face and neck, severe lesions on the skin and mucous membranes, and painful blisters on the soles appear.

Furthermore, the disease can affect mucosal regions like the buccal, ocular, and genital areas, as well as the gastrointestinal tract. In some cases, patients may develop Flagyl Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a specific form of the condition caused by the medication Flagyl.

While Flagyl is widely used for treating bacterial and protozoal infections, it seldom leads to SJS. The rarity of this side effect makes it crucial for patients to seek immediate medical help if they develop symptoms of SJS after taking Flagyl.

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SJS Following Use of Flagyl in a Dental Patient: Study

A 2014 study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology [1.] looked at the case of an elderly male patient who, following the use of Flagyl, developed neurological symptoms followed by pain and blisters on both soles, erythema of face and neck, scrotal itching and erosion, and hemorrhagic encrustation around the lips and oral mucous membrane.

The patient, a 50-year-old nonalcoholic man, was diagnosed with erosive lichen planus and subsequently prescribed oral vitamins, topical triamcinolone, and oral Flagyl 400 mg twice daily. He took the first dose of Flagyl at 10:30 am and developed a burning sensation and itching all over the body approximately 5 hours later.

He took a 5 mg cetirizine tablet on his own and the symptoms abated by that night. Then around 10:00 pm, he took his 2nd dose of Flagyl. Two hours later, he developed a severe burning sensation and itching all over the body followed by dizziness, confusion, convulsions, and transient loss of consciousness.

At 2:30 am, the patient complained of shivering and palpitations, and he felt pain in both feet while walking, redness over his face and neck, and itching and erosion over scrotal skin.

He then went to a doctor, who withdrew Flagyl and referred him to a dermatologist, who diagnosed him with Stevens-Johnson syndrome with involvement of approximately 3% of total body surface area. He was treated with oral olopatadine 5 mg, methylprednisolone 16 mg, famotidine 40 mg once a day, and erythromycin 500 mg 3 times daily for a week.

Methylprednisolone was tapered over the next 2 weeks. The patient recovered without any sequelae in 3 weeks.

Seeking Compensation for SJS/TEN Damages

Victims of SJS or its more severe form, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), caused by Flagyl may be eligible for compensation. This legal remedy can help recover the physical, emotional, and financial losses suffered due to the disease.

Compensation can cover a wide range of damages, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical costs directly related to the condition
  • Ongoing care for disability
  • Support for the family of the deceased

In situations where death occurs, families may file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek damages.

The process of seeking compensation begins with filing a lawsuit. This legal action is the first step for those diagnosed with SJS or TEN to recover compensation for the damages and expenses incurred due to taking Flagyl.

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