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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.

Gravol and paxil during pregnancy

NVP Counselor
Date: 2006-03-03

I am 7 weeks pregnant. I have very bad nasuea and vomiting and eat every hour, drink lots of fluids, and take ginger to help. I am taking 40 mg of Paxil a day for depression and am currently trying to wean off as recent studies have proven that it can cause a heart defect that my son was born with 8 months ago. I also took paxil during my pregnancy with him. Can I take gravol in my first trimester?

Taking gravol in the first trimester of pregnancy will not increase the baseline risk of 1-3% for major malformations found in the general population and is considered a drug of choice for the treatment of morning sickness. However, if you live in Canada where it is available, Diclectin is the first drug of choice.

Your question about Paxil is not suitable for this forum as it is strictly about morning sickness. However, Paxil has not been definitely proven to cause heart defects and to get further information, you may type in Paxil on our search engine on our website or call our general Motherisk information line at 416 813-6780 for more details.

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