Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thanks for asking, but no, Zofran didn't cause my son's cleft.

Lately, Zofran has been portrayed all over the news and social media as having a possible link to cleft lip and palate. Not only is it all over Facebook in my feed and even those damn targeted ads, but I see the lawsuit commercials constantly too (and lawyers are even starting to contact us!). Many friends and family have brought Zofran to my attention, and while I really appreciate everyone's concern and thoughtfulness (I know you're all just lookin' out), please know I am aware of it and actually would prefer not to hear about it anymore. I'm not joking when I say it's everywhere. As in, no matter where I turn there's something about Zofran in my face!! It's since become quite a debate in the cleft community on whether or not it really is linked to clefts, and the reality is we just don't know the true answer to that yet. In my case, I didn't take it so the cause of Will's cleft is still unknown. And I'm ok with that because he's my SuperWill and this journey has made me a better person. But for those that did take it, I believe wholeheartedly that they have every right to explore this for themselves - I think if I had taken it I'd at least be looking into it further too. Cleftopedia actually wrote a great blog post about the debate, if anyone is interested:

Honestly, whether Zofran does or doesn't cause clefts, the most important thing to know is that we all love our cleft sweethearts just the way they were born and most of us cleft moms wouldn't change it for anything. No matter what, we are cleft strong!!

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