Zofran Side Effect: Serotonin Syndrome
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter: a chemical in the brain that affects mood, sleep, appetite, impulsivity, and aggression. Too little serotonin in the brain, or too rapid uptake of serotonin, has been linked to depression. However, an overabundance of serotonin in the brain can result in excessive nerve cell activity, resulting in a potentially fatal collection of symptoms known as serotonin syndrome.
Causes of Serotonin Syndrome
Serotonin syndrome is most often caused by taking too large of a dose of a medication or combining two or more medications that increase the presence of serotonin in the body. For instance, taking too much of an antidepressant medication or combining an antidepressant with a migraine medication can result in serotonin syndrome. Tests have shown that anti-nausea medications can also cause serotonin syndrome, particularly Zofran, the brand name for ondansetron, a drug prescribed to women suffering from morning sickness. Zofran has since been linked a myriad of side effects, including birth defects and heart issues.
If you have been prescribed Zofran and experienced serotonin syndrome or any other health issues, you may be able to pursue compensation for the injuries you have suffered. But, Zofran was developed and is manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoKlineSmith, a company with deep pockets and armies of lawyers employed with the task of denying or mitigating their product’s liability for side effects. If you intend to have a successful injury claim against such a huge, powerful company, you must have the representation of an aggressive and tenacious law firm. The Zofran injury attorneys at the law offices of Farah & Farah consider it their mission to stand up to wealthy corporations on behalf of the little man. Farah & Farah has helped injury victims assert their rights since 1979 and are not about to stop now. We’re currently investigating Zofran related injuries nationwide.
To secure the settlement you deserve, call a drug injury attorney at Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.
Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome
Symptoms of serotonin syndrome begin to appear soon after you take the offending medication and intensify as levels of neurotransmitter increase. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome include the following:
- Restlessness or agitation
- Pupil dilation
- Changes in blood pressure
- Changes in body temperature
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
- Loss of muscle coordination and twitching muscles
- Shivering and goosebumps
- Excessive sweating
In severe cases of serotonin syndrome, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following potentially fatal symptoms:
- High fever
- Irregular heartbeat
Compensation for Damages for Serotonin Syndrome
If you have suffered any of the above mentioned symptoms in relation to Zofran use, you may have grounds to seek compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills related to your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Emotional anguish and mental duress
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Reduced earning potential
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
- Punitive damages
Compensation for Wrongful Death
Should the unthinkable happen and you lose a loved one due to serotonin syndrome, you and your family may be able to pursue the following wrongful death damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits, such as medical benefits and retirement benefits
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed, such as accounting, childcare, vehicle and property maintenance, etc.
- Punitive damages
Zofran’s maker, GlaxoKlineSmith, has a history of promoting its drugs for unapproved uses and failing to disclose safety data about its drugs. This unethical behavior has resulted in the company previously pleading guilty to criminal charges and paying billions of dollars in fines. GlaxoKlineSmith has also been accused of paying kickbacks to doctors for prescribing the company’s medications.
Contact a Zofran Serotonin Syndrome Lawyer at Farah & Farah Today
If you’ve suffered side effects or lost a loved one as a result of Zofran use, you have the right to be justly compensated. To secure the settlement you deserve, it is vital that you be represented by pharmaceutical litigation attorneys who will take a personal interest in your case. At Farah & Farah, you’re more than just a client, you’re an injury victim that deserves justice. We are now investigating Zofran related injury claims nationwide. To get your injury claim underway, call a Zofran Serotonin syndrome lawyer at (800) 533-3555 for a free and confidential consultation.