Zofran, known clinically as Ondansetron, is a widely used drug known to reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting. While Zofran has been used for a variety of purposes, two main uses of the drug have become most common as the drug has gained prominence in the medical community.
The first use that Zofran became widely known for was to treat symptoms of nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The drug, a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, proved very effective at reducing symptoms of nausea and vomiting in the time following and between treatment sessions. Few side effects were initially found with the drug when used for this purpose. The second use that Zofran became widely known for was to treat symptoms of nausea and vomiting in post-operative patients. Nausea and vomiting is a very common symptom patients experience during their recovery from a recent surgery or operation. Zofran’s effects proved very effective at combating these symptoms and it became one of the more widely used drugs for this purpose.
Unfortunately, not all of Zofran’s uses turned out to be clear cut success stories. Some doctors began prescribing Zofran to treat symptoms of nausea and vomiting in women suffering from severe morning sickness. While Zofran did treat those symptoms, many have speculated that side effects of the drug could be harmful to women and their unborn children. According to the website of Williams & Kherkher Law, birth defects such as congenital heart defects, cleft lip, and cleft palate have been linked to the use of Zofran by pregnant women. For this reason, Zofran is not considered a safe drug for the use of by pregnant woman and should not be prescribed for this purpose. If you were prescribed Zofran while pregnant and your child has any of the above birth defects, you may be entitled to certain damages. It is important to talk to your doctor about all potential side effects of a medication before using it.