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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

Motherisk receives questions from around the world about morning sickness symptoms, effects, treatments and ways to cope. Those questions and answers are posted here for anyone to read, provided the reader acknowledges and accepts the proviso and disclaimer below.

Treatment and Drowsiness

NVP Counselor
Date: 2003-11-11

Question:
I am seven and a half weeks pregnant and have just started taking Diclectin - prescribed by my family doctor. I have not been vomiting but feel very nauseated all day and night and feel the need to have a full stomach all the time in order to avoid vomiting. My questions are:
1. Is Diclectin safe? Are there any known risks to taking this drug?

2. Is there any way to deal with the drowsiness? Since starting to take this medication I have been quite drowsy, finding it difficult to keep myself awake. This is the same response that I have to many antihistamines.

Answer:
Information on the safety of Diclectin is posted in the many questions and answers in this Forum under "Treatment." Please review them and if you still have questions be sure to call our NVP Helpline: 1-800-436-8477. As for your question about drowsiness, most treatments for NVP (like Diclectin), contain an antihistamine that causes drowsiness in some women. Most get used to this side effect over time. We suggest you talk to your doctor about adjusting the dose and/or timing of your treatment to help relieve the drowsiness.

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