In addition to being linked to birth defects in babies born to mothers who take the drug during pregnancy, Zofran is now suspected of playing a part in the deaths of 2 children who were given the drug for nausea.
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What’s the Problem?
A new study suggests that side effects of the anti-nausea drug Zofran (generic: ondansetron) may be fatal for some pediatric patients. The research, which was published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care, looked at reports on 2 children who died of heart problems after being administered Zofran.
The 1st case involved a previously healthy 10-year-old boy who was admitted to an emergency room with symptoms of gastroenteritis. He was given an IV, morphine, antibiotics and 2 doses of Zofran. Shortly after receiving the drug, the boy became unresponsive, exhibiting symptoms of tachycardia (faster than normal heart rate).
The 2nd case presented was that of an 86-day-old infant who had previously undiagnosed congenital cardiomyopathy. The child was admitted to the ER with symptoms of gastroenteritis and administered Zofran. As in the 1st case, the infant developed tachycardia and died soon thereafter.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zofran for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment (radiation and chemotherapy) and certain types of surgery. However the drug is often prescribed “off-label” for nausea and vomiting linked to other causes. Zofran labels carry a black box warning about the risk of QT prolongation, which can lead to Torsades de Pointes, a type of ventricular tachycardia.
Of particular concern to the researchers is the lack of studies regarding the use of Zofran in young children. The study’s authors noted that the 2 deaths join 2 earlier fatalities in patients who were administered Zofran for gastroenteritis. Additionally, the researchers note that patients with underlying risk factors could have heart problems made worse by Zofran, putting them at risk of a fatal cardiac event.
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