The decision to take medication during pregnancy is difficult. However, chronic dehydration and malnutrition due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) carry risks that may be greater than the tiny possible risks of ondansetron or other medications. Taking Zofran (ondansetron) during pregnancy is effective for >60% of HG patients.
Tips for taking Zofran (ondansetron) during pregnancy
- lasts about 6 hours
- take with a daily stool softener
- take on a strict schedule
- dose: 4 mg every 3-6 hours OR 8 mg every 6 hours
- maximum 32 mg throughout the day
Routes for taking Zofran (ondansetron)
- Tablet (oral)
- ODT (oral or vaginal)
- Subcutaneous pump
More To Know About Ondansetron
If you have pre-existing medical conditions (diabetes, heart disease, etc.), a history of medication reactions, or are a smoker, please inform your physician before taking these medications.
Often effective in patients who have multiple triggers (smell, motion, etc.), a history of hormone sensitivity, and/or moderate to severe vomiting.
If a patient has a history of HG that responded to serotonin antagonists, it should be considered as a first line drug to minimize symptom severity.
Dosing throughout pregnancy may prevent relapse or stabilize symptoms.
Avoid use with other serotonin antagonists (e.g. SSRI’s, antidepressants) to prevent serotonin syndrome.
More common side-effects: Headache, mild/moderate (reversible) liver function test abnormalities, constipation*, diarrhea
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