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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.

Treating NVP in New Zealand

Coping
Date: 2000-10-04

Question:
I am 7 weeks pregnant and having a terrible time with NVP. My doctor has prescribed two medications for me (in New Zealand). These are: Pyridoxine and Stemetil. Can you please tell me how they would help and if they are "safe" to take. I have so many so-called experts telling me what to do that I am at the end of my tether!

Answer:
In Canada, NVP is treated with Diclectin which contains vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and doxylamine succinate (an antihistamine). Both substances are known to be safe and not to increase the 1% to 3% baseline risk of malformation that is present in every pregnancy. For more information about Stemetil(prochlorperazine) and other treatments for NVP please see the July 98 Motherisk Update posted on this website in our Updates archives

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