Classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), diclofenac is a prescription medication that is indicated in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dental pain, gout, kidney pain, menstrual pain and dysmenorrhea. Diclofenac is the generic name of the drug that is marketed worldwide under a number of different brand names, some of which include:
Despite its effectiveness at managing pain, however, diclofenac—like many other NSAIDs—has been accused of causing a range of severe, possibly deadly side effects, including cardiovascular problems and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. In fact, up to 10 percent of patients taking diclofenac are susceptible to developing serious drug-related side effects, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome and you have a history of taking diclofenac, you may have a strong defective drug claim against the drug manufacturer, which could entitle you to a sizable settlement intended to compensate you for your injuries and losses. To find out more, contact a Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawyer now.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a painful, life-threatening condition. The condition is characterized by flu-like symptoms followed by a painful skin rash that blisters and causing the skin to shed. Patients will also experience blisters in the mucous membranes such as the eyes, mouth, nose and genital areas. Long-term damage may include organ damage, blindness and in the worst cases, death.