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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

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Coping with NVP in Australia

Coping
Date: 2000-06-13

Question:
It has been over a week now that I have been unable to keep even water or clear soup broth down. I am in Australia (I'm from Canada) and have been prescribed Maxilon...What do you know of it? Also, at what point should I get to hospital? How do I know I am dehydrated? I don't feel like myself at all, have lost weight and can't even think about food. Please help me with these questions, as I feel very alone here. Thanks!

Answer:
Severe NVP is unfortunatelly very common... around the world too! In Canada, the approved medication is Diclectin, helping women best when taken at the onset of NVP, combined with some Gravol when needed. Maxolon is used in Europe and in Canada, but there are no studies on its safety. However, based on its wide use it would not appear to increase the baseline of 1% to 3% risk of malformation that is present in all pregnancies. Speak to your doctor about the signs of dehydration and when medical treatment is necessary.

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