Onfi Lawsuits: Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Commonly asked questions about Onfi (clobazam):
- What is Onfi?
- Why was I prescribed it?
- What are the serious side effects?
- What are other common side effects?
- What legal action has been taken?
- Can I file a lawsuit?
- Our no-fee promise
- How do I start a claim?
What is Onfi?
Onfi (clobazam) is a benzodiazepine. Clobazam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. It is also used in combination with other medications to treat seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011.
Why Was I Prescribed Onfi?
You or someone you care about may have been prescribed the drug to treat anxiety disorder or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy that also causes developmental and behavior problems.
What are the Serious Side Effects of Onfi?
It has been linked to serious medical conditions. One of the most serious side effects is Stevens Johnson syndrome.
SJS is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack the skin, and it is almost always caused by a drug reaction. It begins with flu-like symptoms but develops into a painful rash.
This rash is often the first sign the condition is serious. SJS causes the skin to blister and essentially burn off from the inside out.
Many patients experience skin loss in the infected areas of the body. SJS can affect up to 30 percent of the body, including mucous membranes such as the nose, mouth, and eyes.
SJS may take anywhere from two weeks to two months to recover from. SJS patients are often left with permanent SJS side effects such as scars, organ failure, or blindness. About 5 percent of SJS cases are fatal.
It is when the blisters cover more than 40 percent of the body that the condition elevates to Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). TEN may affect anywhere between 40 and 90 percent of the body and can cause the body to lose skin in large sheets. TEN patients are generally treated in a hospital’s burn ward due to the severity of skin damage. Many TEN patients develop secondary infections or sepsis because of lost skin, and approximately two out of five TEN cases are fatal.
What are Other Common Side Effects of Onfi?
Stop taking clobazam and contact your doctor at once if you experience the following side effects:
- Mood or behavior changes
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive, more depressed or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects.
What Legal Action Has Been Taken Against Onfi?
On December 3, 2013, the FDA approved the addition of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis to the adverse effects listed on the drug’s label.
The makers of the drug, Lundbeck, settled a case in December 2014 after an 11-year-old boy developed Stevens Johnson Syndrome which developed after his clobazam use.
Can I File an Onfi Lawsuit?
Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed.
Lawsuits have been filed against the drug maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug. You may be entitled to a settlement.
In order to meet the criteria required to file an Onfi lawsuit, the patient must have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis while taking Onfi, prior to December 3, 2013.
Settlements in Onfi lawsuits include compensation for surgical expenses, hospital bills, mental anguish and other damages.
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