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The first indication of being pregnant for many women, is the sudden sprint to the washroom as nausea washes over them. This is the morning sickness that mom warned you about, although ‘morning sickness’ is misleading as it can happen any time of the day or night. Your risk increases if you had it with a previous baby or you are carrying more than 1 baby.
Every family has a solution for curbing the nausea that is sometimes followed by vomiting. Dry crackers or toast, a banana or apple sauce…all of which may work for you. Or, you can ask your doctor about Diclegis (also known as Diclectin) a delayed-release prescription medication that contains an antihistamine (Doxylamine) and vitamin B6 (Pyroxidine). The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Doxylamine is believed to work by blocking the histamine 1 (H1) receptors in a particular area of your brain that is usually in charge of causing nausea/vomiting as a response to chemicals in your body that could be harmful.
Pyridoxine may help to prevent pre-eclampsia if your doctor has found your blood pressure high with an increase in the proteins in your urine. If you are a diabetic, vitamin B6 will help as a supplement to maintain a healthy immune system, produce red blood cells, and steady your blood sugar levels that may cause nausea. Pyridoxine works mostly for reducing nausea but not vomiting.
Pregnancy sickness can begin at around week 6 and, for most women, subsides by the 14th week. As to what exactly causes you to be nauseous or vomit, has many theories. High levels of estrogen and progesterone due to the pregnancy, low blood sugar as a result of the placenta draining energy from your body, another hormone called human Chorionic Gonadotropins (hCG) that has levels that double every 2 days and are produced first by the developing embryo and continues with the placenta.
Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including alternative medicine and naturopathic therapies, to determine if Diclegis is safe for you to take. Do not take other supplements without talking to your doctor first.
Swallow whole, do not split or crush as this can cause the medication to be released in your body too fast and will not last the entire 24 hours. You should not drive or take part in any activity that requires you to be alert as Doxylamine (antihistamine) may make you drowsy. Take Diclegis before bed to help you sleep and wake up a little more refreshed. Keep Diclegis out of children’s reach and away from pets.