FDA Re-Approves Morning Sickness Drug, Would you Take it?
Guest post by Mandi Ehman of Life Your Way
I'm one of those moms. While I've always thought the term "natural childbirth" was stupid (pretty sure any time you push a baby out of your hooha, drugs or not, it's natural), I've given birth three times without drugs (and once with an epidural for an emergency c-section), and we decline most "interventions" in the hospital, including standard IVs, newborn vaccines, etc.
That's why my reaction to the FDA's re-approval of a morning sickness drug might surprise you!
In theory, I'd like to say that I wouldn't take drugs for morning sickness either, but in reality? Well, in reality, I've thought about it more than once during my last few pregnancies, even going so far as to request a prescription for Zofran.
Morning sickness can be crippling, even when you're not actually throwing up, and that's not even taking the women who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum into account.
For those of us who still have to go to work, or care for kids, or prepare meals in the midst of the first trimester (pretty much all of us!), morning sickness can be downright debilitating.
This week, the FDA re-approved a drug that had previously been banned from the market. Originally called Bendectin, the manufacturers voluntarily took it off the market in 1983 in the face of lawsuits claiming it had caused birth defects, but the drug has remained available in Canada under the name Diclectin, and now you'll be able to get it as Diclegis here in the U.S. too. It's an approval that I, for one, am thankful to see.
If you're wondering just how safe this drug is – especially considering the FDA's spotty record -- many obstetricians have continued to recommend a combination of B6 (which worked wonders for me on its own) and Unisom (an over-the-counter antihistamine) in lieu of the ready-made combination drug, and extensive studies since the drug was pulled off the market have shown no increase in birth defect risk.
For moms who suffer from moderate to severe morning sickness that is preventing them from functioning as needed, this is a fantastic option. I'd still try all the first-line recommendations first (frequent small meals, ginger or peppermint candy and tea, sea bands, etc.), and thankfully at 11 weeks my morning sickness seems to be letting up, but if none of that worked, I'd be more than comfortable asking for this prescription from my doctor!
How about you? Have you taken medicine for morning sickness? Would you?