Understanding Zofran and its Side Effects

Zofran is a popular anti-nausea drug. While it is commonly prescribed to those who are going through chemotherapy, it is also prescribed to a number of other people. For instance, pregnant women who are suffering from severe morning sickness may take Zofran. Those who are prone to motion sickness may have Zofran on hand to help when they travel. The drug is popular, and millions of people take it for multiple different reasons. However, the side effects are just as likely to affect them regardless of why they take the drug.

Severe and Mild Side Effects

Some people are able to take prescription drugs, and they don’t notice any side effects at all. However, there are those who take the drug and immediately they notice that they don’t feel normal. Taking Zofran is no different, and many people who take the drug notice they have uncontrollable shivers, agitation or anxiety, light headedness, or infrequent urination. While these side effects are not dangerous (unless they persist and go untreated), they are annoying and cumbersome.

There are other people who will take Zofran and notice some side effects that are much more severe. Some may show up right away, such as an allergic reaction, and others may only show up after the medication has been used for quite some time, such as blurred/lost vision, difficulty breathing, and abnormal heart rhythm. Any time one of these severe side effects pops up, immediate doctor attention is necessary.

Torsades de Pointes

Torsades de Pointes is a type of abnormal heart beat. This condition is rare, but it has been seen as a side effect to Zofran use, and it can end up causing some long term problems.

Basically speaking, the condition (which translated means “Twisting the Points”) is when instead of a regular heart beat providing a push then a pull of blood; it provides a push and then two pulls. The actual condition is much more complex, but for the sake of simplicity it is described this way. The result is that the heart rate increases because not as much blood is moving. The increased heart rate causes even more “pulls” per minute, and the patient may experience a severe drop in blood pressure and fainting may occur.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Zofran may work well, and it may be safe for a large portion of the population. But the drug manufacturers never fully warned about the risk of Torsades de Pointes, and as a result many people have been hurt by taking this drug and not knowing all of the risks. If you have used Zofran, and you have suffered from an abnormal heart beat, contact a personal injury attorney right away to see what your course of action should be.