Tegretol (carbamazepine) is a substance that’s been used by many people who have struggled with such conditions as seizures, and has even been used to treat those who are bipolar. As a result, the FDA has recently published a warning of the potential danger of using any carbamazepine-containing by certain groups of people. Below is a brief look at the specifics of the warning published, but if you have been harmed as a result of using carbamazepine, you need to contact a defective products attorney as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation.
Carbamazepine is a substance that has been incorporated into several brands of medication and exists under several market-driven brand names. It has been used to help patients who suffer from partial and grand mal seizures with a high degree of success, and recently, bipolar patients have also experienced successful results with this substance.
Tegretol is an anticonvulsant. It works by decreasing nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain. Tegretol is used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Tegretol is also used to treat bipolar disorder.
The potential pool of those who are at risk for severe side effects is quite unique when compared to other substances that have generated a warning from the FDA. Specifically, anyone whose ancestry can be traced to several parts of Asia or southern India. Specifically, those at risk are people with the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allele, HLA-B*1502. In accordance with what’s stated above, this allele occurs almost exclusively in patients with ancestry across broad areas of Asia, including South Asian Indians. The FDA states on its Web site that “patients with ancestry from areas in which HLA-B*1502 is present should be screened for the HLA-B*1502 allele.”
Those with the genetic makeup above who have used carbamazepine have shown an alarming tendency to develop two skin conditions, both of which are not only extremely painful and debilitating, but can also be fatal if they are not treated promptly and properly. These conditions are Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Tegretol should not be used in patients with a history of previous bone marrow depression, hypersensitivity to the drug, or known sensitivity to any of the tricyclic compounds, such as amitriptyline, desipramine, imipramine, protriptyline, nortriptyline, etc.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have suffered damages from taking Tegretol?
Possibly. While all medications have certain, anticipated side effects, a drug manufacturer has a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the known risks associated with its drugs. If a manufacturer fails to do so, it can be held responsible to patients who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems while taking Tegretol, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Tegretol lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.