Rose - posted on 05/14/2016 ( no moms have responded yet )
There’s been quite a bit in the news recently about the drug Zofran. Zofran has been prescribed to pregnant women in the past several years to combat morning sickness – in fact, I took Zofran when I was suffering severe morning sickness while pregnant with my daughter. As it turns out, Zofran may be dangerous to both mother and baby.
Zofran has not been proven safe for use during pregnancy
Mothers who were prescribed Zofran to treat morning sickness, and whose babies were born with birth defects, have been filing lawsuits against Zofran’s maker, GlaxoSmithKline. In fact, in 2012 GlaxoSmithKline and the US Justice Department reached a three billion dollar settlement for illegal promotion of several drugs, including the “off-label” promotion of Zofran for morning sickness.
A study published in the December 2014 issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology focused on the risks of pregnant women taking Zofran – on the health and well-being of the developing fetus as well as on the pregnant woman. Common birth defects blamed on the use of Zofran during pregnancy are cleft palates and lips, club feet, and heart defects. And pregnant women taking Zofran were known to develop breathing problems, fainting, and irregular heartbeat, among other issues.
Pharmaceuticals prescribed to treat morning sickness have proven dangerous before
In the 1950s and 1960s, women were prescribed Thalidomide to alleviate morning sickness – another example of “off-label” use of a drug. Not long afterward, about 10,000 babies were born with extreme limb malformation. And approximately 50% of those babies died.
Thalidomide is still being used to treat cancers, HIV/AIDS, and a host of other conditions and diseases – conditions for which the FDA has approved the drug. Likewise, Zofran is still in use to prevent nausea associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Keep yourself and your baby safe while still getting relief from morning sickness
Morning sickness is awful – I know; I’ve been there. And when you’re suffering through seemingly interminable days of being unable to eat, and feeling nauseated all the time, it’s not unrealistic to expect that you’ll take whatever relief you can get – especially when prescribed by a doctor you trust.
Pharmaceuticals are (literal) life-savers for the people who use them – there is nothing wrong with prescription drugs when taken responsibly. The problem is that when pharmaceuticals are used off-label, they are not thoroughly tested for those conditions. And when pregnancy and a developing fetus are involved, it’s even riskier.
Before turning to potentially risky prescription drugs, try some of these other ways to combat morning sickness: getting additional rest, avoiding spicy foods and caffeine, staying well hydrated, etc.
Thre best way to alleviate morning sickness is No to Morning Sickness Tea – a caffeine-free herbal tea blended with safe, natural ingredients to combat morning sickness:
Lemon verbena relieves nausea and indigestion and has been used to ease digestive disorders since ancient times
Chamomile soothes the stomach and encourages relaxation, and is well known for its calming effects
Peppermint has a long history as a natural remedy for relieving nausea and other stomach ailments– even just smelling peppermint can help alleviate nausea.
Lemon balm is well known for its calming effect, relieving irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
Lemon peel and other citrus peels help relieve nausea – both by drinking them in tea and simply by smelling them.
These ingredients are time-tested – some of them for centuries. So, if you’re suffering from morning sickness, know that there is a safe, drug-free way to get relief.