Jun 4, 2015

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Zofran and Cleft Palate

An infant’s palate, or the roof of their mouth, is fully formed by the tenth week of pregnancy. Palates form from the edges first then fuse in the center to form a solid roof. When this fusion process is disrupted, a hole is left behind and a cleft palate is formed. Typically the cause is never found. Genetic factors are usually considered, but environmental factors can be a cause as well. Environmental factors can include smoking, drinking, and being excessively overweight during pregnancy, but increasingly is taking unsafe medication.

Zofran is a drug that can be prescribed to women who are experiencing excessive and/or violent morning sickness. It was originally designed for cancer patients who were undergoing treatments and works by suppressing the chemicals that are responsible for nausea and vomiting. Recently, however, there have been connections between the taking of Zofran during pregnancy and the development of certain birth defects, including cleft palates. Inadequate research was done prior to prescribing it to expectant mothers. The FDA has since released a warning against its use by pregnant women, but many doctors prescribe it to their patients anyway.

The direct connection between taking Zofran and the development of cleft palates is still unclear, but Zofran lawyers are looking into the issue. Cleft palates can cause undue suffering to both the child and their caretakers. Infants with cleft palates are typically unable to breast feed since the hole in their mouths can fill with milk and cause them to aspirate or milk to come out of their nose. Older children will have a difficult time speaking since the roof of your mouth is necessary for making speech sounds. Surgery is the only solution and sometimes multiple surgeries are required. The effects of taking Zofran during pregnancy are still unclear, but it is important to know the risks involved.

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