How Does Advil Work?
Advil works by stopping the production of prostaglandins, which cause inflammation. The drug can be used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, sprains, strains, backache, headaches, migraine, muscular aches and pain, sore throat, cold and flu, and dental pain.
What’s the Problem with Advil?
The ibuprofen contained in Advil has been linked to severe and potentially deadly skin conditions called Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).
What are the Symptoms of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?
- Facial swelling
- Tongue swelling
- Skin pain
- A red or purple skin rash that spreads within hours to days
- Blisters on the skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, eyes and genitals
- Shedding of the skin
What’s the Difference Between SJS and TEN?
Although Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis were once thought to be separate conditions, they are now considered part of a continuum. SJS represents the less severe end of the disease spectrum, and TEN represents the more severe end.
What are Advil Lawsuits Alleging?
Advil labels now carry a warning regarding the risk of allergic reactions. However, patients who developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis after taking Advil have filed lawsuits against Pfizer alleging that the company failed to adequately describe the severity of potential side effects associated with the painkiller. The complaints further allege that Pfizer suppressed information on the risks of Advil from consumers and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Is There a Class Action?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed over injuries allegedly caused by Advil. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you’ve been injured. Our lawyers are currently accepting potential individual lawsuits on behalf of people who developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis after taking Advil.
What Damages Could I Be Awarded?
If you developed SJS or TEN after taking Advil, and our lawyers determine that you have a valid claim, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earnings and/or earning capacity