Zofran® Side Effects Can Include Serious and Even Life-threatening Birth Defects

Zofran® is a drug designed to control nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy or surgery. However, the drug's manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) also promoted the drug among obstetricians and gynecologists to control morning sickness. The FDA has not approved the medication for this purpose, and in recent years, doctors have become aware of the alarming Zofran® side effects, including severe birth defects. Our San Diego, CA, attorneys are experienced defective drug lawyers. If you have been affected by this medication, we can fight tirelessly to help you seek compensation to provide for your child's future. Contact our firm today to schedule a complimentary evaluation. Even if your child is several years old, you may still be able to pursue a Zofran® lawsuit.

Our team is highly familiar with the effects of Zofran®, and we specialize in defective drug cases. With our expertise on your side, you can seek the money and peace of mind that you deserve.

The Background of Zofran®

Zofran® can greatly relieve vomiting and upset stomach. However, when GSK realized that Zofran® could lessen morning sickness among pregnant women, they began promoting the drug for this off-label purpose. The medication had not been tested for this use and did not carry warning labels for its effects on pregnant women or their unborn children.

Zofran® and Heart Defects

Although general side effects of the medication can be serious, many current Zofran® lawsuits stem from birth defects caused by its off-label use as a morning sickness treatment. Cardiovascular conditions are one of the most common complications associated with this drug. These defects can include:

  • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD): Holes in the septum between the upper chambers of the heart
  • Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD): Holes between the two lower chambers of the heart
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT): Causes a rapid heartbeat, up to 100 beats per minute
  • Heart murmurs
  • Heart attacks
  • Tetralogy of fallot: A combination of VSD and other abnormalities causing sufferers to receive less oxygen in their lungs, and to have lower oxygen saturation overall

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The birth defects associated with Zofran® can be devastating, both physically and emotionally.

Other Birth Defects Associated with Zofran®

While cardiovascular problems are the most common type of birth defect caused by Zofran®, lawsuits have involved several other types of abnormalities. These include:

  • Cleft palate: The hard or soft palate does not grow properly, affecting a child’s appearance, speech, and ability to eat normally
  • Hearing loss
  • Webbed toes
  • Skull deformities: Often results in microcephaly, which leads to disproportionately small skulls and can affect brain growth and development 
  • Respiratory conditions: Underdeveloped lungs and malformed lungs 
  • Stomach problems
  • Clubfoot
  • Vision issues
  • Mental development concerns

Taking Legal Action

The birth defects associated with Zofran® can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. However, pursuing a Zofran® lawsuit can help you and your family seek financial compensation for the extensive medical bills that you may face. If your child has serious complications, the money can also help to ensure their financial support and ongoing medical care. Our team is highly familiar with the effects of Zofran®, and we specialize in defective drug cases. With our expertise on your side, you can seek the money and peace of mind that you deserve.

Provide for Your Child's Future

The birth defects caused by Zofran® can affect your child's life and yours well into the future. Contact our firm today to schedule your cost-free, no-obligation consultation.