By David Mittleman

A young California woman is struggling to survive, just two weeks after taking a friend’s prescription antibiotic for some cold-like symptoms. She developed a condition known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a rare and unpredictable complication associated with some common medications. In SJS and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), a drug reaction causes skin and organ lining to slough off. In severe cases, the condition can be fatal.

Common Medications Involved

Experts are still trying to understand SJS and TEN. They appear to be associated with antibiotics and other fairly common and otherwise safe …read more