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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.

Navidoxide (meclizine)

NVP Counsellor
Date: 2009-01-05

Question:
I am 9 weeks pregnant and am living overseas. I am sick almost constantly throughout the day and was given Navidoxide. Everybody that I ask at home hasn't heard of it so I'm just double checking that it's ok to take. I was taking 2 a day (just before bed) but uped the dose to 4 a few days ago. You can get it over the counter here so I am just taking them in doses I feel appropraite. Is it safe? My other question has to do with migraines. I usually get them at least once a month (although haven't had one since i've been prego). WHen I asked my doc what to take the respnse was "just take what u had been taking before u were pregenant..but u may miscarry" AHH!! It's hard being here. I am concerned about the treatment I'll get, both prenatal and delivery. Please ease my fears!

Answer:
The generic name for Navidoxide (the medication you are using) is meclizine, which is commonly used for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy in many countries around the world and has not been found to increase the baseline risk of 1-3% for major malformations, or any other adverse effects on the baby. The dosage you are taking is appropriate and is considered a safe amount to take. Sorry - we cannot discuss your migraine treatment.

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