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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.

Forum > NVP Symptoms and Effects: Understanding NVP
Duration of NVP

NVP Counselor
Date: 2005-07-04

Question:
I am now 9 weeks pregnant and had been taking Diclectin for a little over a week. I have one question regarding the duration of morning sickness vs Diclectin. Does taking diclectin lenghten the duration of morning sickness? I mean, if I don't take Diclectin, will the morning sickness stop at week 12, whereas if I take diclectin, it won't stop until week 20? Thanks

Answer:
The duration of NVP cannot be stated with certainty since everyone experiences it differently. Taking Diclectin will not have any impact on the duration of the symptoms. As a medication containing Vitamin B6 and antihistamine, it does not change the causes of the NVP (such as hormone levels, placenta growth, genetic factors, etc) -- it only controls the nausea and vomiting. Women are advised to take Diclectin daily, usually 2 at bedtime, 1 early morning, and 1 early afternoon, to control the NVP symptoms until the end of the first trimester. When they feel 100% symptom free for at least a week, women can stop the medication slowly, eliminating 1 dose at a time. Call the Motherisk NVP Helpline for more information: 1-800-436-8477.

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