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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.

Forum > Treatment: Diclectin
Dizziness in late pregnancy

NVP Counselor
Date: 2006-01-24

Question:
I am 8 months pregnant. I have had morning sickness since week 5 and my doctor gave me a drug called Diclectin, it was working until last week, I started to feel very dizzy up to the point that I ended up going to the hospital and the doctor gave me a shot of Graval and told me to stop using the previous drug. I am taking Graval pill plus the Graval ginger pills. I want to know if these drugs are safe and is it possible that I have allergy to the Diclectin pills? Thanks,

Answer:
The fact that you experienced dizziness after taking Diclectin throughout pregnancy with no apparent problems until you were 8 months pregnant, would suggest that the dizziness might have been caused by something else (not even related to NVP and its treatment). Gravol is a similar antihistamine and if your dizziness had been related to the medication, Gravol could have caused a similar side effect.

Regarding safety, Gravol is listed on our treatment algorithm and will not increase the baseline risk of 1% to 3% for birth defect that is present in any pregnancy. Ginger Gravol contains some ginger extract. Based on 2 studies on the safety of ginger, we suggest using 1000 mg per day of pills made of ginger powder, not extract.

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