Zofran, the brand name for ondansetron, is a medication prescribed for people suffering from nausea. The drug was intended for use by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, but has become commonly prescribed to pregnant women experiencing morning sickness. Zofran was developed by GlaxoSmithKline during the 1980s and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. But, Zofran has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years due to negative side effects and being linked to birth defects. GlaxoSmithKline has faced charges of fraud and illegal promotion because the FDA only approved Zofran for use by cancer patients and not pregnant women.
One side effect associated with taking Zofran is blurred vision and, in some cases, temporary blindness. This is a serious side effect because it can hinder a person’s ability to work and perform everyday tasks, such as driving, reading, grooming, etc. It is not entirely understood why Zofran can cause blurred vision, but one theory has to do with the fact that ondansetron affects the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low levels of serotonin in the brain have been known to affect vision.
If you experience blurred vision or temporary blindness while taking Zofran, call your doctor immediately. They may change the dosage or prescribe a different medication. Your second call should be to a pharmaceutical litigation attorney. This call is particularly important if the blurred vision has led you to suffer an injury due to an accident, such as a motor vehicle accident or a trip and fall.
The legal team at the offices of Farah & Farah has been representing injury victims for over 35 years. We will put our knowledge and experience to work on your case.
Farah & Farah is currently investigating Zofran-related injury cases nationwide. Call Farah & Farah today at (844) 453-0887 to schedule a free consultation.