New Morning Sickness Drug Approved

Posted on May 13, 2013 | Morning Sickness News, Treating Morning Sickness Category | | Print This Article
 

diclegisMorning sickness medications don’t have a terribly successful history. In fact, the most famous morning sickness medication in history is thalidomide, which caused birth defects in literally thousands of babies. While the thalidomide incident has spurred greater oversight and controls on medications designed to help with morning sickness, many moms still prefer to stick to natural methods of morning sickness relief.

A new medications, however, is showing some serious promise in the area of morning sickness, and has even been approved by the FDA as being safe for pregnant women.

The medication, Diclegis, comes in a time-release tablet format. It’s designed specifically for women who haven’t been able to respond to conventional means of relieving nausea and vomiting.

Some of these typical modifications can include:

  • A modified diet that’s low in fat and rich in easy to digest foods
  • Eating several smaller meals throughout the day instead of three large meals
  • Herbal remedies, such as peppermint and ginger
  • Avoiding strong smells, which can often trigger morning sickness for many women

While it’s ideal to manage morning sickness through these sorts of remedies, they don’t always work for every woman.

The drug was tested in more than 250 pregnant women who were experiencing vomiting and nausea because of pregnancy. All of the women were 18 years old or older, and between weeks 7 and 14 of pregnancy. Women who took the medication showed greater improvement in their symptoms over the control group, which took only a placebo.

Study was also done, of course, to demonstrate that the active ingredients in the medications Diclegis don’t offer any risk of danger or harm to your baby.

The most important thing you can do if you’re experiencing severe morning sickness is to talk to your doctor. Ask her about Diclegis, if you’ve already tried the kinds of diet and lifestyle modifications that work for other women. Your doctor should also be familiar enough with your own personal medical history to be able to tell if there is some related health condition that might be aggravating your morning sickness during pregnancy.

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