Rare by serious skin reactions have resulted among some users of the anti-seizure drug, Onfi (clobazam), causing the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action. In early December of 2013, the administration approved changes to the drug’s label as well as to the patient Medication Guide, both of which included new warnings about the drug’s risky side effects.
Users of Onfi (clobazam) are at risk of experiencing:
- A serious rash that can lead to permanent harm and / or death
- Sores in the mouth
- Peeling skin
If you developed any of these symptoms during or after use of Onfi, immediately speak to a healthcare professional. Because studies have found that serious side effects can occur when the medication is stopped and started again, professionals are advising users to consult with a doctor before terminating their use of the anti-seizure drug. After you’ve spoken to your medical practitioner, contact a California defective drug attorney at The Senators Firm at (949) 557-5800.
About Stevens-Johnson Syndrome & Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
The skin reactions that can develop from the use of Onfi (clobazam) are Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). As reported by the FDA, both of these reactions can occur at any time during a patient’s use of the drug; however, there is a greater likelihood of developing one of these skin reactions during the first eight weeks of Onfi treatment or when the medication is stopped and then started again.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome: SJS is a rare, but serious skin disorder in which mucous membranes react very severely to medication and / or infection. Typically, SJS starts with flu-like symptoms that then turn into a red or purple rash that is not only painful, but that spreads and blisters before causing the top layer of the skin to die and peel off.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: TEN is a potentially life-threatening disorder that is commonly induced by drugs. Patients who suffer from TEN usually experience widespread necrosis, erythema, and bullous detachment of the epidermis and mucous membranes. The result is exfoliation and potential sepsis and / or death. TEN patients can also suffer from respiratory failure, genitourinary complications, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and ocular abnormalities.
Compensation for Your Pain and Suffering
At The Senators Firm, we are committed to helping patients who’ve suffered from the adverse side effects of Onfi (clobazam) seek compensation for their pain and suffering. If you or someone you love have experienced health complications as a result of using the anti-seizure drug, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at our office.