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Can you take medication for morning sickness?

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Updated January 03, 2011

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Morning Sickness

Medication for morning sickness is sometimes the right answer.

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Medication for morning sickness is usually the last resort. There are many non-medicinal things that you should try before looking at medication for morning sickness. When these fail, you should talk to your midwife or doctor about using medication for morning sickness to help you through the worst of it.

There are two types of medication for morning sickness: over the counter medication and prescription medication. The one medication for you is one that you and your practitioner decide on.

Over the Counter Medication for Morning Sickness

  • Vitamin B6
  • Reflux medications (Pepcid, Zantac)
  • Emetrol
  • Unisom Nighttime Sleep Aid (not the SleepGels) combined with vitamin B6
  • Some herbal substances with the help of your practitioner

Prescription Medication for Morning Sickness

  • Zofran (expensive, not always covered by insurance)
  • Phenergan (pill and suppository form)
  • Compazine

There are also IV medications and other medications used to treat hyperemesis gravidarum.

Medications are not used for the entire pregnancy unless symptoms persist that long. You and your practitioner can talk about what the best plan is for your pregnancy.

Sources:
Koren G, Maltepe C: Pre-emptive therapy for severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2004 Aug;24(5):530-3.

Magee LA, Mazzotta P, Koren G: Evidence-based view of safety and effectiveness of pharmacologic therapy for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2002 May;185(5 Suppl Understanding):S256-61.

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