In addition to numerous treatable side effects, research is showing that Dilantin may cause rare skin disorders that can be fatal in some cases. As a result of these dermatological conditions, patients may also suffer other Dilantin long term side effects like scarring and even blindness. Because of these severe side effects, an Oklahoma Dilantin lawsuit is being pursued to recover damages for victims who have suffered after taking this drug.
Dilantin Side Effects
Toxic epidermal necrolysis (also known as Lyell’s syndrome), and erythema multiform major (also known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome), are the most serious side effects of Dilantin.
Lyell’s syndrome, or toxic epidermal necrolysis, occurs when someone has a reaction to a medication, like Dilantin. It is very rare, but also life-threatening, and involves the detachment of the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) from the underlying dermis. This happens over the entire body, but the mucous membranes such as the eyes, mouth, and vagina are most severely affected. Eventually, the mouth blisters and erodes, and the eyes become crusted, swollen, and ulcerated to the point where the patient may become blind. The mortality rate for Lyell’s syndrome is 30 to 40 percent.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or erythema multiform major, is very similar in both cause and symptoms, although it is sometimes followed by a development of cancer. It is also very rare, and the mortality rate is around 5 percent.
Other serious side effects of Dilantin include: swollen glands; fever; flu-like symptoms; rash; blisters; yellowing of the skin or eyes; joint pain; excessive tiredness; pain in the upper right part of the stomach; loss of appetite; and unusual bruising or bleeding. If you observe any of these symptoms while taking Dilantin, contact your doctor immediately.
Additional Dilantin side effects include, but are not limited to: difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; abnormal body movements; uncontrollable eye movements; loss of coordination; slowed thinking; confusion; slurred speech; headache; dizziness; nausea; vomiting; constipation; unwanted hair growth; enlargement of lips; coarsening of facial features; overgrowth of gums; and pain or curving of the penis. Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms while taking Dilantin.
Although the FDA is currently investigating a link between the development of potentially fatal skin diseases and the use of phenytoin (the main ingredient in Dilantin), it is not the subject of any drug recall.
What is Dilantin?
Dilantin (phenytoin) is an anticonvulsant medication that is used specifically to treat seizures that may occur during or after brain or nervous system surgery, particularly in people who have epilepsy. It is also sometimes used as a seizure preventive. Its main function is to act on the brain’s sodium channels in order to suppress abnormal electrical activity. It is made by Pfizer, and has been continuously produced since 1938. Other brand names for Dilantin are Phenytek and Di-Phen. Dilantin was approved by the FDA in 1953 for the treatment of seizures.
Dilantin and FDA Alerts
In November 2008, the FDA issued an alert stating it had preliminary findings of a link between phenytoin use and the development of serious skin conditions such as toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, especially in people who possess a certain human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allele. The FDA continues to investigate this correlation.
Dilantin Side Effects: What To Do
If you took Dilantin and developed erythema multiform minor, or any other serious side effects, you may be able to take part in a Tulsa Dilantin lawsuit, or an Oklahoma Dilantin lawsuit. At McIntyre Law, our Tulsa Dilantin lawyers will help you secure compensation to cover medical expenses and other damages. If you live outside Tulsa, our Oklahoma Dilantin lawyers will be able to assist you.
If you’ve taken Dilantin and developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome (erythema multiform major), toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell’s syndrome), or you’ve lost a loved one because of the devastating side effects of Dilantin, we want to help you. We have Oklahoma Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawyers on staff who are well versed in this disease and its terrible effects. They will help you determine whether you can participate in an Oklahoma Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawsuit, which will give you the opportunity to recoup financial losses suffered as a result of treating this disease, as well as other damages.
McIntyre Law is currently assisting many people who have suffered because of serious or even fatal Dilantin side effects. Our experienced Oklahoma law team will be able to determine whether you’re able to take part in an Oklahoma Dilantin lawsuit. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation with an Oklahoma Stevens-Johnson syndrome attorney by filling our our contact form, or by calling us toll free at (877) 917-5250.
If You Can’t Participate in the Oklahoma Dilantin Lawsuit
We are involved in Dilantin lawsuit cases across the nation in:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
What if I haven’t taken Dilantin?
Even if you’ve never taken Dilantin, you should be aware that many other drugs have been recalled after causing injuries to several patients. The McIntyre Law team strives to help those people who become involved in drug lawsuits. Please take a look at these additional drug information pages to see whether you may be affected by a drug recall: