When pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, doctors often prescribe drugs that can help alleviate nausea and other symptoms. But studies show that almost 98 percent of the medications used to treat morning sickness are not approved for use during pregnancy.
One such drug is Zofran®. Often used to ease nausea in cancer patients, doctors sometimes prescribe the drug to women suffering morning sickness.
The Zofran birth defect lawyers at Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel explain that pregnant women should refrain from using the drug due to the risks it can pose to unborn children, such as:
- Cleft palates
- Cleft lips
- Heart defects
- Kidney problems
A study released in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed a 30 percent increase in the risk of congenital cardiac malformations in children born to mothers who take Zofran while pregnant.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, we understand the risks that come with certain medications. That’s why our drug injury lawyers urge you to speak with your doctor before taking any medications while pregnant.