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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

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Forum > Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Anticipating HG
Early treatment to avoid HG

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-12-24

Question:
I have just confirmed that I am pregnant although I have suspected it for two weeks. I had HG in my previous pregnancy. After reading about the possible benefits of Vitamin B6 for reducing NVP, I began to take a supplement as soon as I thought I might be pregnant. I hope to get a prescription for Diclectin from my doctor in the next few days. Should I continue to take the B6 supplement (25 mg 3 times daily) or should I just take the Diclectin and a prenatal vitamin? Thanks so much for your help.

Answer:
Taking Vitamin B6 immediately was wise. You might continue to take 25 mg, 3 times daily until you get Diclectin. Talk to your doctor about starting to take Diclectin before your NVP symptoms worsen (even though no one can predict the severity of your symptoms in this pregnancy).

Most women take the usual 2 Diclectin at bedtime, 1 early morning, 1 early afternoon. That comes to about a pill every 8 hours to control symptoms. Hopefully you'll be able to avoid HG by controlling symptoms early (something that is usually not the case in first pregnancies).

Call our NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477 for more information on available treatment.

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