Zofran Birth Defects: Alternatives for Managing Pregnancy-Related Nausea and Vomiting

Published on April 13, 2015 by Sandy Liebhard

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As concerns and litigation involving alleged Zofran birth defects grow, many expectant mothers might be wondering how they can manage pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting without putting their baby at risk. Fortunately, according to a new report from SouthCoastToday.com, there are a number of alternatives.

Zofran Pregnancy Alternatives

The report discusses both non-medical and medical treatments for the gastric distress experienced by many pregnant women. On the non-medical side, some studies have found that women taking a multivitamin during conception have fewer issues with nausea and vomiting than those who don’t. So if you’re planning on becoming pregnant, it might be wise to start a multivitamin regimen now if you haven’t already done so.

Pregnant women are also urged to avoid foods that might trigger nausea, such as spicy or fatty foods. Instead, bland foods, lean proteins, dry foods like saltine crackers, and small amounts of liquid taken frequently can be helpful. Frequent, small meals are the best bet.

Other non-medical remedies that have shown promise include ginger capsules (26 mg), applying pressure either via a wrist band or electrical stimulation to inside of the wrist, and acupuncture.

Medical therapies that may be helpful include the use of Vitamin B6, taken 4 times per day in doses of 10 to 25 mg. Other prescription medications to consider for severe morning sickness include Diclegis, a combination drug of vitamin B6 and doxylamine. The medication was only approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2013, and has been placed in Pregnancy Category A because of extensive evidence of its safety in pregnancy. Diclegis is now recommended as a first-line treatment for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Zofran and Your Unborn Baby

It should be noted that Zofran is not even approved to treat expectant mothers, and is classified in Pregnancy Category B because of a lack of research into its effects on pregnancy. In recent years, a growing number of studies have linked Zofran to birth defects, especially when it is used in the first trimester. Unfortunately, that’s when most expectant women experience gastric distress, and it’s also when many fetal malformations will occur.

Since February, a number of Zofran lawsuits have been filed on behalf of children who were allegedly born with serious birth defects, including heart malformations and cleft palate, due to prenatal Zofran exposure. These claims accuse GlaxoSmithKline of marketing the drug as a safe treatment for morning sickness, even though it has never been show to be safe or effective for this purpose, Plaintiffs also allege that the company withheld data linking Zofran to serious birth defects from patients and the medical community.

The Zofran lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently evaluating lawsuits on behalf of children who may have been harmed by this drug. If you were treated with Zofran during your pregnancy and your baby was born with a heart defect, cleft lip or palate, or any other cardiac malformation, please contact our legal staff by calling (888) 881-3077.

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