Zofran Side Effect: Constipation
Often, a medication prescribed to remedy one malady will produce serious side effects whose symptoms are worse than the symptoms the medication was intended to treat. This is often the case when doctors are urged by a medication’s manufacturer to prescribe the drug “off label.” Off label means to prescribe a drug for a purpose it was not officially approved to treat by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Doctors are allowed to prescribe medications off label if they feel the benefits outweigh any of the possible risks. However, a medication’s manufacturer is not allowed to market or promote a drug for a use it is not approved for by the FDA.
This practice can often lead to unanticipated side effects that can put a patient’s health at risk. Zofran, the brand name for the drug ondansetron, was widely prescribed to women suffering from morning sickness, even though the FDA had not approved it for that purpose. The result was a rash of side effects, including birth defects and spontaneous abortion. One far more commonly reported side effect related to Zofran is constipation. While occasional constipation is not a major concern, chronic constipation can result in a number of health issues. If you have suffered chronic constipation or any other side effect after being prescribed Zofran, you may have grounds for a personal injury and/or product liability claim.
To find out more about your legal rights and options, you will need to consult a Zofran side effect lawyer. The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah has been successfully representing personal injury and product liability victims since 1979. We will put their knowledge and experience behind your claim. Farah & Farah is currently investigating Zofran related injuries nationwide. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a free consultation.
The Dangers of Chronic Constipation
Many people may think of constipation as mere annoyance, but chronic constipation can lead to or boost the risk for more serious complications, such as fecal incontinence, colonic conditions, and urologic disorders. Among the most common complications from chronic constipation are the following:
- Hemorrhoids: Swollen veins in your anus which can be very painful
- Anal fissures: Torn skin in your anus which is also very painful
- Fecal impaction: Stool that can’t be expelled and is stuck in your intestines
- Prolapsed rectum: Intestine that protrudes from the anus
While potentially fatal diseases like colon cancer and diverticulitis have not been directly linked to chronic constipation, many doctors believe it increases the risks of contracting them.
Compensation for Damages
If you have suffered chronic constipation from being prescribed Zofran, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Costs of future medical treatments related to your injury
- Costs of current and future medication
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Reduced earning potential
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Why You Need an Attorney on Your Side
Many people wonder, “Why, if I’ve been wronged, do I need an attorney?” Simply put, you are a single person, and GlaxoSmithKline – the company that manufactures Zofran – is a gigantic corporation. Pharmaceutical companies have nearly limitless funds and battalions of lawyers who will fight your claim. You need an advocate on your side that has been in the trenches battling with large corporations before and won’t be intimidated. The attorneys at Farah & Farah have been fighting for the rights of regular people for over 35 years. Let us help you secure the best settlement possible in your case. We are currently investigating Zofran related injury claims nationwide. Call Farah & Farah today for a free and discreet consultation at (800) 533-3555.