We do all we can to protect our children. However, sometimes they can be exposed to dangers despite our best efforts. Recent studies have indicated that there may have been a hidden danger with the anti-nausea drug Zofran. Doctors have prescribed this drug to combat morning sickness in pregnant women; however, it is now believed that it may cause birth defects such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and heart defects. If you or someone you know has taken Zofran and their child suffered any of these dangerous side effects, you should speak to a Tennessee Zofran and lawyer right away.What is Zofran used for?
Zofran, which was produced by the GlaxoSmithKline Company and approved in the United States in 1991, is a medication often given to pregnant woman for nausea and vomiting when they have serious morning sickness and other symptoms during their first trimester. Studies have revealed that it has been linked to birth defects and other dangerous side effects when women use it while pregnant. Zofran is used to treat nausea and vomiting by blocking the chemicals in the body that produce these symptoms. Pregnant woman are usually given the oral form of this medication when things such as crackers and toast do not work to treat their morning sickness.What are some more common side effects of Zofran?
The Food and Drug Administration even though they have not recalled Zofran or stopped its production, have linked the medication to severe birth defects in the babies of women that have taken it during pregnancy. One of the reasons for this may be due to the fact that zofran is also used to help those with cancer who experience nausea and vomiting as the result of chemotherapy and radiation. Some of the birth defects that have been linked to Zofran may include but are not limited to:
- Muscle birth defects
- Birth defects of the skeletal system
- Defects and problems of the mouth
- Yellowing of the skin also known as jaundice
- Heart problems and defects
Some other side effects have Zofran that have more directly affected the mothers themselves may include but are not limited to:
- Skin problems such as rash, hives, or itching
- Being short of breath
- Swelling of the body
- Experiencing constipation
- Having an abnormal heart beat
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Having problems with breathing and swallowing
If you or someone you know has taken Zofran during pregnancy and your baby was born with birth defects or other medical problems, then you should contact one of our experienced and caring Tennessee Zofran and dangerous drug attorneys with the Higgins Firm. We understand that this process may be difficult for you and that you may have many questions and be confused about your rights and whether or not you may be eligible for compensation. We will answer any questions you may have and help you to determine if you may receive compensation. If it is determined that you are eligible, we will work with you and fight for you to make sure you receive the compensation you need for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other damages that you may be entitled to for what you and your loved ones have been through. We will make sure the party responsible is held accountable.
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