Zofran is the brand name for the medication Ondansetron, which was developed in the 1980s by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Zofran was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 as a treatment for nausea and vomiting for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and for post surgical nausea and vomiting. While Zofran was only approved by the FDA for the above mentioned purposes, manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline marketed the drug to doctors as a remedy for morning sickness in pregnant women. Zofran has since been linked to some dangerous side effects in patients treated with it and birth defects in the children of women who took it while pregnant.
If you were prescribed Zofran and experienced side effects as a result, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. But, GlaxoSmithKline is a huge corporation, represented by powerful insurance companies. Those insurers employ battalions of lawyers who will attempt to diminish the company’s liability for your injuries. To get a settlement worthy of your injuries, you’ll need a skilled pharmaceutical litigation attorney on your team. The attorneys at the law offices of Farah & Farah have been successfully representing personal injury victims for over 35 years. We are now investigation Zofran-related injuries nationwide. We will use our knowledge, aggressiveness, and tenacity to get you the compensation you deserve. Call Farah & Farah today at (800) 533-3555, for a free consultation.
Respiratory Side Effects Related to Treatment with Zofran
A multitude of side effects have been linked to treatment with Zofran. Among some of the lesser known are the following:
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath): Shortness of breath can be very uncomfortable because breathing is so vital to life. If we feel we are not getting enough oxygen, panic can set in. Shortness of breath can also lead to lightheadedness, fainting, and the inability to perform certain daily tasks like climbing stairs, etc.
- Chronic coughing: Chronic coughing can be very annoying, but also dangerous. It can disrupt your sleep, leaving you exhausted during the day. Severe cases of chronic coughing can result in lightheadedness, vomiting, and even fractured ribs.
- Stridor (noisy breathing) and wheezing: While often used interchangeably, noisy breathing and wheezing are actually two different things. Wheezing is a high pitched, whistling sound when breathing out. It is usually only audible to the person who is wheezing or by a physician listening with a stethoscope. Noisy breathing, or stridor, is described as a high pitched, rough, and “crowing” sound that occurs when breathing in, and or out. It is easily audible without a stethoscope. Both wheezing and noisy breathing can be annoying and embarrassing.
- Hyperventilation: Hyperventilation can be described as breathing deeper and more rapidly than normal. Hyperventilation decreases the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood, causing a person to feel lightheaded, have a rapid heartbeat, and experience shortness of breath. It can also cause numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, sore chest muscles, anxiety, and fainting.
- Respiratory depression: Respiratory depression can be described as a failure to breathe deeply enough or rapidly enough to bring a significant amount of oxygen into the bloodstream. This results in carbon dioxide levels in the blood that are too high. Having high carbon dioxide levels in the blood can result in damage to the central nervous system damage, permanent deterioration of respiratory functions, and even death.
Compensation for Damages from Zofran Side Effects
If you were prescribed Zofran and you experienced any adverse side effects, you may be eligible for compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical costs
- Costs of future medical treatments related to your original injury
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Household and vehicle modifications (such as wheelchair ramps, lifts, etc.)
- Special equipment needed for your condition (such as oxygen tanks, special beds, etc.)
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Diminished earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
If you’ve suffered a side effect due to your treatment with Zofran, you need to act quickly, as different states have different statutes of limitations to file personal injury claims. To find out more about your legal rights and options, you need to speak with a Zofran injury lawyer. The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah can answer any question you may have regarding the filing of an injury claim and our representing you on your claim. Call (800) 533-3555 today for a free consultation.