The anti-nausea medication Zofran, widely prescribed for pregnant women with morning sickness and nausea, has been making headlines recently as a result of clinical studies linking the medication with birth defects. While earlier studies were inconclusive, more recent data has linked the drug with a significant increase in the risk of birth defects, leading to substantial lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer.

The increased risk of birth defects is devastating, but it’s not the only side effect the drug can cause. In the light of these recent clinical studies, more attention is being paid to some of the other problems Zofran can cause to patients who take it to combat nausea associated with cancer care and other treatments. As a top Zofran lawyer in Charlotte, NC, we believe consumers should be educated about the risks associated with the drugs they take. Here’s what you should know about Zofran:

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Drug manufacturers divide side effects in terms of how frequently they’re reported. With Zofran, the most common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Fever

Less common major side effects include problems with urination, including pain when urinating, urinating less frequently, having a low volume or urine and problems emptying the bladder fully (or “dribbling” urine). The list of rare side effects is extensive, and includes issues like vision problems, hoarseness, trouble breathing or noisy breathing, problems with speech and uncontrollable muscle spasms.

Minor side effects include restlessness and anxiety, problems with bowel function, dry mouth, irritability, problems sleeping, shaking and a general feeling of being unwell. While medical professionals advise some of these minor side effects will resolve on their own as the body becomes used to the medication, it’s never a good idea to ignore symptoms, and seeing a doctor at the first sign of any type of side effect or unusual symptoms – whether or not it’s included in Zofran’s list of potential side effects – is critical, especially considering some side effects may not always be known or widely reported.

Protect your rights – and the rights of your loved ones.

Of course, having a medical evaluation is the first step in dealing with the potential side effects of any medication, including Zofran. Once your health is protected, the next step is to make sure your rights are protected as well. That’s because while some side effects may be completely and safely resolved, others can take a toll on overall health and wellness – either in the short-term or the long-term – and patients are the ones left dealing with the after-effects and consequences.

As leading personal injury lawyers in Charlotte, NC, Campbell & Associates understands the devastating toll medical issues can have on individuals and entire families. Our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure our clients’ rights are protected and represented so they can receive compensation for their injuries and avoid paying the price for someone else’s negligence. If you’ve taken Zofran and you’ve experienced any of the side effects listed above, we can help. Call Campbell & Associates today at 704-333-0885 to schedule your personal consultation today.