Bactrim / Septra & Stevens Johnson Syndrome

Bactrim and Septra are brand names for an antibiotic treatment. This combined antibiotic treatment is known as trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. This drug is prescribed for a variety of problems. It can be used to treat ear and urinary tract infections in children, and is also used in the treatment of bronchitis, travel-related

diarrhea, and pneumonia. There are a number of common and more serious side effects related with Bactrim and Septra, such as kidney problems, urinary obstruction and bleeding.

The most common – and deadly – side effect of Bactrim and Septra is the increased risk of getting a serious skin disease known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Patients that have used or are using Bactrim and Septra are urged to remain vigilant for any signs of this deadly disease and to seek immediate assistance should any signs of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or another variation known as Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis manifest. Some of the signs to look out for are:

  • Coughing
  • Aching
  • Headaches
  • Feverishness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Red rash across face and trunk
  • Sores/blisters in places such as nose, eyes, mouth, genital areas
  • Skin peeling leaving burn-like effect
  • Loss of hair or nails

As with most other drugs, the onset of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome may not manifest until one or two weeks after the drug is first taken. Should you experience any of these symptoms after taking or whilst taking these drugs, it is important to seek medical assistance as a matter of urgency.

There are also other drugs that can cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. These include: NSAIDS (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs), Allopurinol, Phenytoin, Carbamazepine, barbiturates, anticonvulsants, and sulfa antibiotics. As with Bactrim and Septra, the onset of symptoms can begin a week or two after first taking any of these drugs, and any signs of this potentially fatal disease should warrant urgent medical attention.

The relationship between Septra/Bactrim and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome means that many people may be eligible for compensation due to the pain and suffering caused by the drug. In cases where the patient has already passed away through the serious side effects of Septra and Bactrim a family member may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, pharmaceutical giant Wellcome.

There are now many specialist drug litigation lawyers in operation, so anyone that thinks they may have ground to claim compensation for damages caused by Bactrim/Septra is advised to look for a lawyer that is experienced and fully qualified within this area. A more experienced drug litigation lawyer can draw on past experience, skills and knowledge to put together as solid a case as possible in order to maximize the chances of compensation.

Those that have been affected by Bactrim and Septra-related Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can claim for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. Relatives of those that have died from the disease can also claim for the pain, suffering and loss of a loved one. A fully qualified and experienced drug litigation lawyer will be able to advise whether you have grounds to file for compensation. Most law firms in this area are now able to offer a free initial consultation, so you can find out for free whether you have a viable case.