Zofran for Morning Sickness: Is it Safe to Use?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Medication Risks | 0 comments

An overwhelming majority of women experience morning sickness at some point during pregnancy. For some, the overwhelming waves of nausea can be addressed through a change in diet and other non-medical remedies. However, there are some women that suffer from more severe manifestations of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that alternative solutions are not enough. For that, plenty of doctors have begun to prescribe these women to use Zofran—a drug that was first introduced in the early 90’s to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

While Zofran is clearly an effective way to eradicate the crippling symptoms brought about by morning sickness, it’s important to note that it is not without some side effects. Like other medications, the anti-nausea drug can cause a number of secondary effects that might range from discomfort to something that is more particularly alarming. Zofran is known to cause lightheadedness, headaches, drowsiness, fatigue, and constipation. In some cases, it has also been found to cause muscle spasms and problems with vision.

There are other concerns regarding Zofran and its use during pregnancy that are more alarming that these side effects. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the use of Zofran to treat morning sickness can pose serious risk to unborn children. It seems that there have been a number of reported cases pointing out that Zofran can cause long-term health issues in infants. In particular, Zofran has been linked to cases of congenital heart defects and birth deformities such as cleft lip and palate. A study conducted by Canadian organization Motherisk examined the connection between Zofran use and congenital heart defects. It concluded that women should err on the side of extreme caution when considering the drug as a way to alleviate their morning sickness symptoms.

A similar assessment has been made by the Food and Drug Administration in a 2013 statement. In the report, the FDA emphasizes that while no categorical conclusion can be made regarding the safety of Zofran use during pregnancy, the public should keep in mind that concerns have been raised by some members of the medical community. They urge the public to communicate with their health care providers regarding any concerns with the safety of Zofran.

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Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

An 18-wheeler is among the many terms used to refer to a type of large truck composed of a tractor unit where one or several semi-trailers are hitched. The vehicle is used for heavy-duty hauling, mostly in the commercial and construction industry. Like most large trucks commanding the road, 18-wheelers are notoriously vulnerable to accidents. As noted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS, roughly 1 in every 10 traffic fatalities involves large trucks such as 18-wheelers. About 130,000 individuals are said to be injured in an 18-wheeler accident each year.

As one can easily guess, 18-wheelers and other large trucks are particularly dangerous to other commuters due to their overpowering size. Most of these vehicles are 20 to 30 times heavier than a typical passenger car. This makes any large truck much harder to maneuver. It’s also easy to see that the huge discrepancy in size can make even the most minor of collisions extremely devastating. A truck’s size can also cause the driver to be vulnerable to no-zone areas or blind spots.

Of course, these risk factors aren’t much of a problem as long as truck drivers are able to receive proper training before being allowed by employers to operate any type of vehicle. The real danger lies on other, more conspicuous causes of 18-wheeler and other large truck accidents. According to the Chris Mayo Law Firm website, devastating truck accidents a result of negligence, particularly instances of truck driver error, drunk driving, and hours of service violation. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® adds truck malfunction, defective parts, and improper loading and securing of cargo as other common reasons behind these horrifying incidents.

It is true that 18-wheelers and other large trucks may pose certain dangers in highways and roads. However, truck drivers and operators can easily mitigate risks by following safety protocols and traffic regulations. There is still a way to curb the growing numbers of truck accidents occurring in America.

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