Home Health Parents News Now Anti-Nausea Drug Safe for Pregnancy, Study Finds Anti-Nausea Drug Safe for Pregnancy, Study Finds By Holly Lebowitz Rossi February 28, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_128071910 30195 One in 10 pregnant women has nausea and vomiting bad enough to need medicine but many forgo it out of fear of side effects. No drugs are currently approved for morning sickness in the United States although doctors are free to prescribe whatever they believe is best. Zofran, sold by GlaxoSmithKline and in generic form for treating nausea from cancer treatments and other causes, has been the top choice. Yet women and doctors have been leery of it because a small study previously suggested it might raise the risk of a birth defect — cleft palate. The new study of more than 600,000 pregnancies in Denmark found no evidence of major birth-related problems, so women should not be afraid to use Zofran if they need it, said Dr. Iffath Hoskins, a high-risk pregnancy specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center and a spokeswoman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "It's effective and it's safe," she said. "Nobody is giving you a gold star for suffering through this." Poor nutrition because of excessive vomiting can harm the woman and the fetus, she said. Image: Woman with morning sickness, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Anti-Nausea Drug Safe for Pregnancy, Study Finds Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.