Dilantin, also known in the generic form as phenytoin or phenytoin sodium, is a medication that is used most commonly as a seizure medication, or an anti-convulsant.  The drug was designed to help prevent temporal lobe seizures that affect movement, hearing, taste, smell, and memory; and to prevent grand mal seizures that often result in convulsions following a rapid loss of consciousness. 


This medication is also used in patients who have undergone brain surgery as a means to prevent seizures following the procedure.  Many doctors also prescribe Dilantin as a muscle relaxant, even though it has not been approved for this purpose.  The drug is also prescribed for a number of other uses, but especially as of late, has been limited because of a number of adverse side effects and drug interactions.  One of the most serious side effects of this medication is Stevens Johnson Syndrome.  This disease is quite severe and often leads to death.

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), and it’s even more extreme variation, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), have fatality rates of between five and thirty five percent.  Both forms of this disease start off as a rash on the body and a fever.  Unfortunately, initially, SJS is often confused with other, less serious conditions before it is properly diagnosed.

We represent Stevens Johnson Syndrome lawsuit clients on a contingent fee basis, so there are never any upfront costs or legal fees unless you recover money for your Dilantin lawsuit.

Early detection of Stevens Johnson Syndrome and prompt medical treatment is essential, as the disease can easily become life threatening.  There are many factors that contribute to whether or not a patient will be able to recover from SJS, including the amount of the body that is affected by the condition, the patient’s age, and the patient’s overall health and well being.

Because of the seriousness of the complications associated with Dilantin, there are a number personal and class action lawsuits pending.  If you or someone you love has taken Dilantin and have suffered a serious side effect, such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, call our Dilantin attorneys today for a free case evaluation.