'There are lots of reasons you might want to avoid taking mood medications. Antidepressants, for example, not only have a pretty poor track record when it comes to effectiveness, but they also come with a concerning list of side effects. Now, another type of mood medication is in the spotlight after making a teenager’s skin fall off.
Fourteen-year-old Ashley Silverman was prescribed a drug called Lamictal (lamotrigine) by a psychiatrist to keep her mood swings under control. The drug is meant to treat bipolar disorder as well as seizures and epilepsy.
Silverman said she thought her mood swings were just part of teenage life and was not expecting medication, but a school counselor referred her to a clinic that prescribed her the drug. Although it bears a black box FDA warning due to potentially fatal side effects, the clinic somehow felt the need to give the young woman this deadly medication.
After taking it for about two weeks, her face was covered with a red rash. This was followed by headaches and a high fever, which she mistook for the flu. Soon after, the rash spread down her neck and chest and began to bubble. Unable to move and see, the teen thought she was going to die.
At first, doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her, but she was eventually diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a reaction to the medication that soon left her fighting for her life. According to the National Institutes of Health, the illness is normally triggered by medication and can cause skin tissue to die and then detach. It starts out appearing like the flu before a rash forms and blisters.'
Read more: Life-threatening rash that makes your skin burn, bubble, and fall off is a known side effect of a medication given to teens for mood swings
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