Are you aware of Steven's-Johnson syndrome? According to the Mayo clinic, it's a rare skin disease that can be a side-effect of Dilantin or Lamictal.
Often, signs of Steven's-Johnson Syndrome begin with flu-like symptoms, followed by skin pain…facial swelling…blisters on your skin and mucous membranes…hives…tongue swelling…or shedding of your skin. Treatment focuses on eliminating the underlying cause, controlling symptoms and minimizing complications.
The exact cause of Steven's-Johnson Syndrome can't always be identified. Usually, the condition is an allergic reaction in response to medication, infection or illness. Anticonvulsants like Dilantin and Lamictal can be the culprits which means that complete withdrawal is necessary.
Possible complications of Steven's-Johnson Syndrome include: a secondary skin infection, which can potentially become a life-threatening condition such as sepsis…eye problems… damage to internal organs…and permanent skin damage.
Because it's difficult to determine exactly which drug may be causing the problem, your doctor may recommend that you stop taking all nonessential medications. And there are no standard recommendations for treating Steven's-Johnson Syndrome.
It's difficult to prevent an initial attack of Steven's-Johnson Syndrome because the trigger is unknown. However, if you've had Steven's-Johnson Syndrome once, and your doctor determined that it was caused by medication, be sure to avoid that medication and others in the same class to prevent another attack.
Reference: Mayo Clinic
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