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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.

NVP in Japan

NVP Counselor
Date: 2006-08-21

Question:
I am currently living in Japan and am 10 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. I have been suffering from NVP with no vomitting, but have had difficulties at work. For the most part, Japanese doctors don't believe in medication for morning sickness. I did, however, find a doctor that prescribed me Domperidon. From what I can tell from my research on the internet, it has never been been tested on pregnant women. Do you have any further information?

Answer:
Domperidone is used for the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy in some countries and is considered safe to take in pregnancy, however it is not the first drug of choice for effectiveness. In Canada a drug called Diclectin is the drug of choice, but it is not available in Japan. However it contains vitamin B6 and an antihistamine which is available. You can go back to our website and and go to the treatment algorithm, download it and show it to your doctor for other options.

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