Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can make the long road to recovery from cancer a truly miserable experience. When Zofran was created to help with the nausea and vomiting side effects of cancer drug treatments, it helped thousands of people. The drugs works by blocking serotonin the substance in the body that causes vomiting.
Common side effects of using the drug include headaches, lightheadedness, dizziness, or constipation. However, there are reports that women who took Zofran while pregnant are having children with serious birth defects. There’s a correlation between the drug and birth injuries that include cleft lips, cleft palates, and congenital heart defects. Zofran was previously prescribed to pregnant women experiencing morning sickness.
Ondansetron, the active ingredient in Zofran, was assigned a pregnancy category B by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This means that the use of Zofran should only be considered when the benefits to the pregnant mother outweigh the risk of birth defect to the infant. Animal studies of the drug did not reveal any indication that the Zofran causes birth defects. Currently there is no controlled data about human pregnancy and birth after the drug was taken, and therefore no substantial data as to side effects related taking Zofran while pregnant.
Zofran works by curbing the natural substance serotonin in the body. Drugs that are serotonergic are known to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women during the most important stages of fetal development. The drugs Paxil and Zoloft are examples of this.
If your child was born with birth defects that you believe were caused by the use of Zofran while pregnant, consult a Zofran lawyer in your area to discuss legal options. The physical, emotional, and financial damages you and your child have suffered deserve compensation.