Onfi, also known by its official name of clobazam, is a controversial drug that has recently been linked to Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Onfi is a benzodiazepine that is meant to affect unbalanced chemicals in patients’ brain that have anxiety, and is often prescribed to treat seizures correlated with such conditions as epilepsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy that also causes developmental and behavior problems.
According to the FDA, there are rare but serious skin reactions can occur at any time during Onfi treatment. However, the likelihood of skin reactions is greater during the first eight weeks of treatment, or when Onfi is stopped and then re-started. All cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis in the FDA case series have resulted in hospitalization. One case resulted in blindness, and one resulted in death. Although no other benzodiazepine has been linked to skin diseases before, it is likely for patients taking Onfi.
Why is Onfi Dangerous?
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a severe, potentially fatal, skin disease in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. Toxic epidermal necrolysis, another form of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, is a condition that occurs when the top layer of skin detaches from the lower layers of skin all over the body.
Although a majority of cases due to the disease has no identifiable cause, many are attributed to Onfi. Some of these symptoms include:
- face or stomach rash
- blisters around the eyes, mouth or vaginal areas
- layers of peeling skin
- burned skin
In December 2013 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public that the anti-seizure drug Onfi (clobazam) can cause rare but serious skin reactions that can result in permanent harm and death. The FDA then proceeded to change the label of the drug to address them.
FDA Issues Recommendations About Dangers of Onfi
The FDA recently issued recommendations to health officials, healthcare providers and facilities to be aware of the dangerous side effects Onfi is capable of creating. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends to discontinue medication at first sign of the rash, unless the rash is clearly not drug-related.
Can I File An Onfi Lawsuit?
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