Battling Nausea? Use Zofran with Caution

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Posted by vera | Posted in Birth, Health, Twins or Multiple Birth Pregnancy | Posted on 20-10-2017

shutterstock_261399308Today’s post is contributed by guest blogger Jen Holmes from zofranlawsuitguide.com

Carrying twins comes with the added risk of double the nausea and vomiting. As result, many women carrying twins and multiples may benefit from medical intervention to help them battle severe morning sickness.

One such drug sometimes prescribed to combat prenatal nausea is Zofran, a cancer drug. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the makers of Zofran, saw an open market in pregnant women and began offering kickbacks to physicians who prescribed the medication to expectant mothers.

Potential Negative Effects of Zofran

Unfortunately, GSK didn’t perform enough necessary studies on Zofran before promoting it to pregnant women. In fact, GSK admits that it never did an in-depth study on the medication before it started marketing it to pregnant women. Yet, numerous studies have been conducted by researchers and scientists, including in-depth research published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), that indicated infants exposed to Zofran are at heightened risk of developing:

  • Cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Heart defects
  • Musculoskeletal defects
  • Kidney defects
  • Jaundice, and more

There have been at least two cases of infants deaths and more than 20 cases of babies born with serious heart defects after women in Canada alone were prescribed Zofran during pregnancy. In an in-depth report conducted in 2012, The Star revealed the information, that was otherwise publically unavailable by Health Canada.

Consequently, there are more than two dozen Zofran lawsuits currently pending against GSK, and as more women learn about the company’s alleged false marketing practices, this number is expected to grow.

If You’re Expecting Twins

If you’re expecting twins and are currently battling nausea, it’s important to understand the risks involved in taking certain medications. Although Zofran may help you battle devastating morning sickness, the research suggests that the end results are generally not worth it and the risks to your infants are too great to ignore.

While some women will take Zofran and go on to have healthy babies, others may not be as lucky. Be certain to discuss alternative options with a trusted physician in battling morning sickness before taking a prescription medication. For example, the Mayo Clinic suggests the following remedies to help mom battle nausea and vomiting prior to resorting to prescription drugs:

  • Take prenatal vitamins in the evening, followed by a light snack (sometimes taking vitamins in the morning causes additional nausea)
  • Increase your intake of Vitamin B6 (with physician’s recommendation)
  • Add ginger to your diet, including ginger ales, candies, and tea
  • Get additional rest
  • Avoid restaurants and other places where scents may make you queasy
  • Consider pregnancy-safe, over-the-counter nausea medication
  • Ask your doctor about anti-nausea wristbands, which trigger pressure points to help reduce nausea 

In Summary 

Canada health officials have repeatedly expressed concern with the prescription medication Zofran (ondansetron) and its effect on unborn infants. Although the drug is only approved for use by cancer patients and those undergoing surgery, many doctors across Canada continue to prescribe it for off-label use for pregnant women expecting twins, who generally experience difficult bouts of morning sickness.

Thanks to Jen Holmes at zofranlawsuitguide.com for alerting us to the dangers of Zofran

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