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Zofran, anti-nausea drug for morning sickness, won't harm unborn babies, study finds

Thursday, February 28, 2013
A woman undergoes a pregnancy examination in this file photo from Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

A woman undergoes a pregnancy examination in this file photo from Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (KABC Photo)

A new study in Denmark finds no evidence that using a popular anti-nausea drug will harm unborn babies.

One in 10 pregnant women experience severe nausea.

Many doctors prescribe Zofran, although some women have shied away from it because a small study previously suggested the drug might raise the risk of cleft palate.

The new study of more than 600,000 pregnancies found no evidence of major birth-related problems.

The study appears in the current New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors recommend women try treating morning sickness with crackers, ginger ale, and certain B vitamins first, and only use medications as a last resort.

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