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Naprosyn® & Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)

January 4, 2021

Like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Naprosyn® (generically known as naproxen) is prescribed to treat the pain associated with arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, gout and menstrual cramps. Naprosyn® may also be distributed under the brand names EC-Naprosyn®, Anaprox®/Anaprox® DS.

Naprosyn®—also like other NSAIDs—may be linked serious and potentially deadly side effects, including heart attack, stroke and Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a severe skin and mucous membrane disorder.

Those who have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or any serious health complication and have a history of taking Naprosyn® may be entitled to seek compensation for their injuries and losses. Prospective plaintiffs are encouraged to attend a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Stevens-Johnson syndrome lawyer. To schedule a free evaluation of your case, contact us today.

A Closer Look at Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 300 new cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome are diagnosed each year in the U.S. Rare yet deadly, SJS causes the epidermis (top layer of skin) to detach from the dermis (middle layer of skin), which in turn causes the skin cells to die off. Additionally, SJS is marked by other painful, debilitating symptoms, such as:

  • intense headaches and fever
  • severe swelling of the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth, lower respiratory tract and genitals
  • vomiting and diarrhea

diagnosis of SJS will demand emergency medical attention in a burn or intensive care unit, followed by the use of corticosteroids and various other medications.

Other Serious Side Effects of Naprosyn®

The medication has been associated with other severe side effects, including:

  • gastrointestinal problems, including heartburn, nausea, stomach pain and diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and more
  • central nervous system problems, including headache lightheadedness and sleepiness
  • dermatological issues on top of Stevens-Johnson syndrome include toxic epidermal necrolysis, systemic lupus erythematoses
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