I paid a visit to town last Saturday for supplies and a shower, and my once-a-week-mediocre-sit-down-meal at the Motor Lodge. This week the large-screen-TV was tuned to “Caturday,” which featured cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy who, besides having a weird name, sports one of the most outrageous beard-and-sideburn combos I have ever seen. But he is into cats, after all.
During a commercial break, I saw that the ambulance-chasers have targeted the drug Zofran for class-action lawsuits. Zofran is the brand name for ondansetron, a medication that blocks nausea and vomiting signals sent to the brain. The FDA approved Zofran to treat nausea in cancer chemotherapy and surgery patients, but many doctors prescribed it off-label to treat morning sickness in pregnant women.
Zofran was one of the drugs administered to Holly, which made her cancer treatment tolerable. I was thankful for Zofran at the time.
However, since she used Zofran, the manufacturer has made the drug available in pill form, which encourages its wider use (and misuse). So I have mixed feelings about these Zofran lawsuits.
Serious side effects of ondansetron include blurred vision or temporary vision loss (lasting from only a few minutes to several hours), slow heart rate, trouble breathing, anxiety, agitation, shivering, feeling like you might pass out, and urinating less than usual or not at all. The use of Zofran while pregnant is contraindicated, and may increase the risk of side effects in babies including Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of Newborn (PPHN), Spina Bifida, Craniosysntosis, Cleft Lip or Palate, Club Foot, Heart Damage/Defect, Internal Malformation, or a Lung Defect.
Groove of the Day
(From the soundtrack of “Side Effects”)
88° and Clear to Partly Cloudy
April 4, 2014—5:16 am CDT
So if you’re in North America, hear “April 4,” and plan to watch tomorrow evening… you’ll miss it!