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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 in pregnancy

NVP Counselor
Date: 2005-05-24

Question:
For morning sickness, can I take gravol once and a while to help cope? I realized it causes fatigue, but if I am not driving or doing anything that requires my full alertness, would that be a safe option for me and my baby?

Answer:
Gravol, an antihistamine, will not increase the 1% to 3% risk for birth defects that is present in any pregnancy and its use in pregnancy is therefore OK. As for possible side effects, they differ from person to person. Diclectin is prescribed in Canada for persistent NVP symptoms. Diclectin is the safe, approved treatment labelled for pregnancy.

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