Heart Murmurs

Did you or a loved one take Zofran while pregnant? If so, this use of Zofran would be considered “off-label.” This means that you used Zofran in a way that it was not intended to be used. While it is legal for doctors to prescribe drugs off-label and for patients to use drugs off-label, the use of Zofran by pregnant women to help treat nausea and vomiting has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can cause serious birth defects such as heart murmurs.

What is a Heart Murmur?

Generally speaking, a heart murmur is any extra or unusual sound that can be heard during a heartbeat. A murmur can be very faint or very loud. Sometimes a murmur sounds like a “whooshing” or “swishing” sound. While some heart murmurs are harmless, abnormal heart murmurs can be accompanied by other signs and symptoms of a congenital heart defect.

Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure and can involve the interior walls of the heart, the valves of the heart, or the arteries and veins of the heart. These types of defects are present at birth and alter the flow of blood to the heart and/or body. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting 1 out of every 1,000 newborn babies. Although children with complex congenital heart defects can often lead active and productive lives, they often require special medical attention at birth and will require continued heart care throughout their lives.

Does Zofran Use During Pregnancy Cause Heart Murmurs?

The FDA has not approved Zofran for use as an anti-nausea medication for pregnant women, partly because Zofran increases the risk of birth defects. For instance, a report in the Toronto Star found that heart defects (like murmurs) and other birth defects are linked with Zofran use. In one particular case, the Star reported that a doctor suspected Zofran caused a newborn’s mouth deformity, jaundice, heart murmur, and two heart defects. Some are already filing lawsuits against Zofran’s manufacturer due to heart defects.

Even where it seems clear that Zofran is to blame for a newborn’s abnormal heart murmur, obtaining compensation depends on a variety of factors. An experienced Zofran birth defects attorney can not only guide you through the process of obtaining compensation but can also increase your odds of initiating a successful lawsuit.

Contact Us for Help with Zofran-Related Heart Murmurs

We are accepting cases in which you or a loved one took Zofran off-label while pregnant and your newborn was born with a heart murmur or other birth defect. Every case we take is done on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you do not owe for any attorney’s fees or other lawsuit-related costs unless and until you receive compensation for your child’s injuries. With nothing to lose and fair compensation to gain, it only makes sense to contact us at 1-800-883-9858 for a free case evaluation.