Get Justice For Zofran Injuries

What is Zofran? Zofran, which has been available in generic form since 2006, may be taken orally or by injection. Zofran is the brand name for a prescription medication known as ondansetron hydrochloride. It is classified as a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter, a chemical produced in the brain that relays information between nerve cells. Serotonin is found primarily in the lower gastrointestinal tract, where it plays a role in the movements of the intestines. The 5-HT3 receptor is the specific protein molecule that receives serotonin signals. When this particular receptor is activated by a substance (such as alcohol), it can cause nausea and vomiting as well as anxiety, and in some cases, increase the likelihood of seizures.  

What are the Side Effects of Zofran

Commonly reported side effects of Zofran include headaches and dizziness as well as constipation. A few patients have reported damage to the inner ear as well, though these have not been confirmed. The medication has also been associated with a potentially fatal form of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), known as torsades de pointes. Patients should avoid operating machinery while taking Zofran, as it may impair cognitive function and reaction time.

A number of articles have been published in medical journals, presenting evidence that suggests a link between the use of Zofran by pregnant women and birth defects. Although the issue is still being debated and studied, the general consensus among medical professionals is that Zofran should not be considered as a treatment for morning sickness unless all other treatments have failed. It has been established that Zofran can be transferred to the fetus through the placenta up to twelve weeks after conception.

Zofran Lawsuit - Birth Defects - Attorney Assistance

The Zofran Lawsuit concerns the use of the prescription drug Zofran and the growing body of evidence linking this drug to an increased risk of birth defects. The lawsuit alleges that the manufacturer of Zofran knew of this severe side effect, but failed to properly inform the United States government and healthcare providers that Zofran could cause significant potential issues, and that the drug required additional testing and research before it should have been widely marketed and prescribed to patients who had better alternative treatments.

Zofran linked to increased risk of birth defects

 

Why Do Physicians Prescribe Zofran

Zofran is normally given to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments in order to prevent nausea and vomiting. It has been aggressively promoted for the ‘off-label’ purpose of treating symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women. Studies since the drug has been available in generic form indicate that ondansetron may be useful in treating psychiatric and psychological disorders.

  

What Does the Government Say About Zofran

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings of the increased risk of heart problems and recommended ECG monitoring for patients suffering from an imbalance of electrolytes (electrically-charged minerals in the bloodstream)

What is Zofran?

Zofran, which has been available in generic form since 2006, may be taken orally or by injection.

Zofran is the brand name for a prescription medication known as ondansetron hydrochloride. It is classified as a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter, a chemical produced in the brain that relays information between nerve cells. Serotonin is found primarily in the lower gastrointestinal tract, where it plays a role in the movements of the intestines. The 5-HT3 receptor is the specific protein molecule that receives serotonin signals. When this particular receptor is activated by a substance (such as alcohol), it can cause nausea and vomiting as well as anxiety, and in some cases, increase the likelihood of seizures.

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