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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: NVP and other effects
Stemitil

Treatment
Date: 2002-01-10

Question:
My wife is pregnant with our second child and she is now continuouly vomiting and the doctor prescibed her STEMITIL to control the vomiting. What is the side effect and will it harm the unborn child? Please help in giving sugestions -- anything, so that I can help my wife and unborn child.

Answer:
Different medications are prescribed for NVP. In Canada our first course of treatment is Diclectin, a delayed release medication which contains Vitamin B6 and doxylamine succinate. Its safety has long been established - research shows that Diclectin does not increase the 1 percent to 3 percent baseline risk of malformation that exists in every pregnancy.

For information about the safety of Stemitil (prochlorperazine) and other treatments for NVP please see the July 98 Motherisk Update posted on this website.

If you are in the United States, you may also want to call a teratogen information service in your area. To find one, check out the OTIS website

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