Effexor (Venlafaxine): SJS, TEN, and Birth Defects

Did you, a loved one or an adolescent in your charge take Effexor and the condition became worse?

Effexor (Venlafaxine) is an antidepressant drug in a group of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs) first introduced by Wyeth in 1993. It is most often prescribed for mood issues, such as depression, anxiety and panic disorders. Sadly, Effexor has been known to be a factor in suicide for young adults. However, our firm specializes in an even more catastrophic allergic reaction to Effexor, called Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), which are serious life-threatening catastrophic skin disorders that can also result in blindness, organ dysfunction and death. Symptoms include rashes, redness, blisters and eventually can entail the shedding of major parts of the victim’s body surfaces. Stevens-Johnson is almost always caused by a strong and severe allergic reaction to certain over the counter and prescription drugs. SJS is a painful disease, which can cause graphic skin loss of between 10% and 30% of total skin mass. TEN is recognized as an even worse form of SJS where more than 30% of the body’s skin mass is affected and as many as 35% so afflicted, die. Additionally, Effexor has been linked to cause birth defects.

Drug: Effexor
Condition: Depression, Anxiety or Panic Disorders
Complications: Severe headache, blurred vision, seizures, hallucinations, coma, or increasingly worsening symptoms resulting in suicide. Allergic reactions such as SJS and TEN.

If you, a loved one or an adolescent in your care took Effexor and have experienced any of the above symptoms, Click HERE for a free evaluation of your case by the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer, or contact our office at (888) 948-9376.


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