Dilantin Side Effects Can Be Fatal

Jeremy Thurman on October 4, 2011


Dealing with a chronic or terminal illness causes a tremendous amount of stress for the patient, and for their loved ones. Sometimes diseases develop because of genetic predispositions, or after having been exposed to hazardous materials. But imagine contracting a deadly disease as a reaction to a drug that is supposed to help you. That’s exactly what has happened to several people who have suffered Dilantin side effects, and developed severe skin conditions that, though rare, can be fatal.

The two most severe side effects caused by Dilantin are dermatological disorders called Lyell’s syndrome and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Both are caused by severe drug reactions. Symptoms of these horrible diseases include blistering and detaching of the top layer of skin, cancer, and even blindness.

While these conditions are very rare, they are sometimes fatal. In June 2010, Manute Bol, a former NBA player, died from complications associated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Host of the show Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi, also suffered from Stevens-Johnson when she was a child, but fortunately recovered. Many other people develop both Lyell’s and Stevens-Johnson syndromes every year, most recently as a result of taking Dilantin.

The main ingredient in Dilantin is phenytoin. It’s an anticonvulsant medication prescribed to people with epilepsy to prevent seizures. It is also sometimes prescribed to people who undergo brain or nervous system surgery, also to prevent seizures. Dilantin has been in use since 1953, but it wasn’t until 2008 that the FDA issued a warning about its connection to serious side effects and skin conditions. The FDA continues to investigate this correlation, but has not recommended a recall. The company that manufactures Dilantin, Pfizer, also has not issued a recall of the drug.

Because of the high prevalence of side effects associated with the drug, Oklahoma Dilantin lawsuits are currently in the works, as are lawsuits across the country. Whether you live in Oklahoma or any other state, McIntyre Law can help you recover damages if you or a loved one has suffered after taking Dilantin. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.


Jeremy Thurman

Jeremy Thurman is an attorney at McIntyre Law who focuses primarily on semi-truck accident and catastrophic injury cases. He is known as a meticulous attorney whose work ethic and small town values translate into excellent results for his clients. Read more about Jeremy Thurman.


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