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As we all know, it is very common for women to suffer from “morning sickness” during their pregnancy. When morning sickness is frequent or severe, doctors may prescribe certain medications to help with this issue. However, sometimes these medicines can have dangerous or even life-threatening side effects for the mother and the baby. If your child suffered from any birth defects after you took Zofran while pregnant, then you should talk to a Tennessee Zofran and defective drug lawyer as soon as possible. They will help answer any questions you may have and work with you to get you the compensation you may be entitled to help your child.Why is Zofran Prescribed to Pregnant Women?
Most women typically experience some type of morning sickness or nausea while they are pregnant. However, if the morning sickness is severe it can lead to a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. This can lead to the need to be in the hospital for dehydration, malnutrition, fluid and electrolyte problems and other medical concerns. Zofran is an anti-nausea medication made by the GlaxoSmithKline beginning in 1991. Zofran works to block certain receptors in the nervous system which leads to help lower the likelihood of nausea and vomiting.What are some of the alleged Zofran side effects that I should be aware of?
Zofran was approved by the FDA to be used to help reduce nausea and vomiting in patients that have had to undergo chemotherapy due to cancer. However, the FDA never approved the use of Zofran to combat nausea with pregnant women. Some severe side effects for unborn babies that may be associated with the use of Zofran are:
- Babies being born with cleft palates
- Babies being born with cleft lips
- Other physical deformities or scars
- Yellowing skin or eyes
- Atrial Septal Defects
- Ventricular Septal Defects
- The heart being deformed or having other problems or defects
- Speech impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Dental problems
- Life-long malnutrition problems
Your doctor may have been allowed to prescribe Zofran for your morning sickness we believe that was an improper and potentially dangerous off-label use before proper studies were performed on its effect on pregnant women and their unborn babies. Many believe that if the company had waited until proper studies could be conducted about the medication, then possible risks and health problems could have been avoided for the estimated seventy-five percent of women that experience morning sickness while pregnant. If you or someone you care about took Zofran while you were pregnant, then it is strongly advised that you contact a knowledgeable and compassionate Tennessee Zofran lawyer with the Higgins Firm. We know that this may be a difficult time for you and your family and we will help to make the process less confusing and complicated for you. If we are able to determine from gathering evidence that you are entitled to compensation, we will work with you to make sure you get compensation you need for your pain and suffering, medical expenses and any other financial needs you may have. We will work on your behalf and fight for you to make the GlaxoSmithKline Company is held responsible for what you and your loved ones have been through.
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