Suara.com – Some time ago it went viral on TikTok when a woman who was positive for Covid-19 experienced a rash and blistered skin after taking Fluimucil and Panadol or a type of paracetamol, a fever-reducing drug.
Seeing the condition of a woman named Afina Syfa through the video she shared, Skin and Gender Specialist, dr. Arini Astasari Widodo suspects that the woman has Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS).
Stevens Johnson syndrome is a rare and serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. This condition is often a reaction to taking medication or having an infection.
But the question is, can cold medicines such as fluimucil and paracetamol trigger SJS?
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Said dr. Arini, SJS is a rare and unexpected disorder. Most doctors also cannot determine the cause of SJS. But there are several triggers that often occur, one of which is certain drugs.
“The most frequent triggers are the consumption of certain drugs and also infections. Drugs can cause serious adverse drug reactions,” said dr. Arini told Suara.com, Tuesday (1/3/2022).
But said dr. Arini, it’s not that the drug will cause the same thing in everyone, but that it only happens to some people who already have the trigger or have had the SJS gene in the first place.
“Some of these drugs include pain relievers such as paracetamol, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or piroxicam. There are also gout drugs such as allopurinol, antibiotic drugs such as penicillin, anti-seizure drugs and for mental illnesses such as anticonvulsants and antipsychotics,” explained dr. Arini.
The doctor who practices at Dermatologist Jakarta explained that the paracetamol that Afina was taking is recognized as one of the acetaminophen drugs, and can cause hypersensitivity reactions.
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While SJS itself is a hypersensitivity reaction, which means that the immune system overreacts, causing inflammation, skin symptoms and other symptoms but it is certain that it is not contagious.