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Medications like Zofran can cause birth defects

All birth defects are not random, the product of chance or a botched delivery. If you take certain medications while you are pregnant, your child could be born with a birth defect that could have easily been avoided. One example of a medication that can cause this to happen is Zofran.

Typically, Zofran is a drug that is given to those who have cancer and who are undergoing treatment. The type of treatment could vary, including radiation therapy, cancer chemotherapy and surgery. The goal of the medication is to make these treatments more bearable by preventing feelings of nausea in the patient.

To do this, Zofran interferes with the way that the body uses serotonin. This natural substance is what can cause both vomiting and feelings of nausea, but Zofran can block it so that you feel better.

While this can be helpful in the short-term, those who are pregnant must know that here is a chance they are trading feelings of comfort now for birth defects in their unborn children.

An additional problem is that some doctors will give it to women who have morning sickness while they're pregnant. It's not supposed to be used for vomiting and nausea that is linked to anything but cancer treatments, but it's so effective that it's actually been handed out for these other uses, increasing the risk to children.

If your child was born with a birth defect and you were given Zofran while you were pregnant, you need to know about your legal rights. To learn more, please take a few moments to look at our webpages on the subject.

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