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Prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Bextra (valdecoxib) are one of the leading classes of drugs that cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and erythema multiforme (EM) due to drug allergy reactions. Stevens Johnson Syndrome is a rare inflammatory skin disorder that can be life-threatening. The disease causes lesions in the mouth, eyes and on the body. Stevens Johnson Syndrome can occur at any age. The majority of cases range between the ages of 20 and 40; one-fifth of the cases occurred in people under the age of 20.
In some cases, permanent skin damage and scarring occur. Lesions on internal organs can cause serious inflammation of the lungs, heart and kidneys. Up to 27 percent of those affected by Stevens Johnson Syndrome or related illnesses incur long term eye damage or vision loss. Sadly, up to 15 percent of patients with this syndrome die from the condition.
Bextra is preliminary being linked to heart attacks and strokes, much like Bextra. Like Bextra, Bextra is a COX-2 inhibitor drug used for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and painful menstrual cramps (primary dysmenorrheal).
In October 2004, Pfizer announced that two clinical trials showed heart bypass surgery patients taking Bextra increased their risk of stroke and heart attack. The news came just weeks after the FDA withdrew Bextra, a similar COX-2 inhibitor, from the market due to an increased risk of cardiovascular events.
Do you take Bextra? Have you been diagnosed with any of the skin conditions described on this page? Have you recently had a heart attack or been diagnosed with cardiovascular conditions such as angina, congestive heart failure, stroke or high blood pressure? If so, it could potentially be linked with your regular use of Bextra. Click on a panel from the left or right side of this page to contact an experienced and qualified Bextra lawyer for immediate legal assistance. You may have a legal claim for damages. But, keep in mind that there may be time limits (statutes of limitation) within which you must start your lawsuit.
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