Nuvigil, a drug used to treat jet lag, has been linked to Steven’s Johnson Syndrome which is a life threatening disease signified by skin rashes and skin death that may encompass many areas of the body. Nuvigil, manufactured by Cephalon, was approved by the FDA to fight off fatigue and narcolepsy, but is not FDA approved for use in the treatment of jet lag. In fact, the FDA rejected the request of Cephalon to be approved for jet lag and the end result may be lawsuits.
Nuvigil is also associated with less severe side effects, such as, headaches, insomnia, and nausea. However, the risk of Steven’s Johnson Syndrome is significant and must be considered when interested in using the drug. Typically, a good rule of thumb is that the benefits of a drug have to outweigh the risks in order for the drug to be truly beneficial. So, if you are suffering from jet lag, the suffering of jet lag is less severe than the risk of Steven’s Johnson Syndrome. Steven’s Johnson Syndrome involves skin sloughing and the damage is typically permanent. People often have to be treated in burn units and the final result can be fatal. Some people who have Steven’s Johnson Syndrome and took Nuvigil may be entitled to financial compensation for their pain and suffering and that of their loved ones.
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