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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.

Unisom and Vitamin B6

NVP Counselor
Date: 2006-05-17

Question:
I am in the US and 9 weeks pregnant with daily nausea. Is it just as safe to take Unisom as it is to take Diclectin?Have there been studies with just Unisom? I am curious as I know that Diclectin is 10mg and time released and Unisom has 25mg but not slow time released (although can cut in half). Also do you have to take it Unisom with B6? I already tried B6 on its own and it didn't seem to help. How often should one take Unisom? Can it be taken with Zantac or Maalox as I also suffer from acid stomach at times. Thank you!

Answer:
Please review our previous Q/As in this Forum that discuss the use of Unisom (doxylamine succinate), usually recommended at 12.5 mg together with 25 mg of Vit. B6, three times per day. Antacids such as Maalox or Zantac are often taken in pregnancy. To confirm their safety please speak to a Motherisk counselor by dialing (416) 813-6780 or find a teratogen information service near you by visiting the OTIS website at http://www.otispregnancy.org/.

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