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Forum > Treatment: Diclectin
Bendectin in the US

NVP Counsellor
Date: 2007-08-07

Question:
Why is Dicletin not available in the States? It was previously marketed under the name bendictin but Merrill Dow pulled it after a class action law suit which did not support the charges. If it is safe why did they stop selling it? Have there been any studies in Canada about the side effects of birth deformities? If so I would be interested in seeing them.

Answer:
As you correctly noted, Bendectin was never found to increase the risk for malformations,however because of the cost of the lawsuits to the company, they decided to stop manufacturing it. The drug has been marketed in Canada for many years under the name Diclectin by a company called Duchesnay. It contains pyridoxine 10mg and doxylamine 10mg in a delayed release form and is the only drug that is recommended for use in pregnancy because of its safety

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