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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

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Forum > Treatment: Diclectin
Diclectin - Is it safe?

Treatment
Date: 2000-05-16

Question:
My fiancee was given a prescription for Dicletin, but she is still concerned about any effects it may have on the fetus. She suffers from NVP almost all waking hours, and vomits between 4 and 15 times a day. This is affecting her sleep, and could cost her her job. I was wondering where I could find some clinical studies that show no increased risk of birth defects.

Answer:
Please reassure your fiancee that Diclectin is the one medication that is approved and prescribed in Canada for women with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). It has been used by millions of women throughout the past 40 years and has been shown not to increase the baseline risk of 1% to 3% of malformations. It is safe to use at any stage of pregnancy. Your fiancee should also remember that severe NVP, especially vomiting, not only compromises her ability to work and function, but can also lead to dehydration and poor nutrition. She is welcome to call our toll-free NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477 to talk to a counsellor. Meanwhile, more information on Diclectin's history and studies on its safety can be found on the Motherisk website in our PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES section. The precise location is: here

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