For many expectant mothers in Providence, morning sickness is an inconvenience that will go away eventually. For others, it’s a constant nightmare that may cause dehydration and malnutrition, not to mention make it almost impossible to get everyday tasks done. If you’re suffering from severe morning sickness, you’re probably hoping for a miracle cure. Home remedies like nibbling on crackers or eating smaller, more frequent meals rarely alleviate pregnancy nausea. What about anti-nausea medicine? Is it safe for both you and the baby to take?
There is one medication that has been prescribed often by doctors across the country to treat severe morning sickness. However, states Parenting.com, this drug has not been officially approved for pregnant women and may cause birth defects. Zofran is meant to treat severe vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy or recovering from surgery. Some have claimed that the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, unofficially marketed the drug to gynecologists and obstetricians as a safe morning sickness treatment. The manufacturer denied this, but settled a $3 billion lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice for the allegations.
Numerous studies have suggested that Zofran, when taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, may significantly raise the risk of babies developing serious birth defects. These include cleft palate, premature birth, a shorter birth length and serious heart and cardiovascular defects.
About 1 million Zofran prescriptions for morning sickness still go out every year across the country. You may be eligible for compensation if your baby was harmed by a drug you took during pregnancy. This information is meant to inform you of the risks of certain medications taken during pregnancy, but should not be taken as legal advice.