Morning Sickness Drug Deemed Safe

Michele Zipp
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morning sickness drugI'm battling with morning sickness. Anti-nausea Sea Bands have helped a little, but I still throw up once a week. My nausea isn't as severe as some though, and there's been concern over drugs to help ease nausea for pregnant women because it's during the crucial first trimester.

But The New England Journal of Medicine did a study on the widely-used anti-nausea drug metoclopramide, sold under the name Reglan, and they deemed it safe.

The New York Times reports that the study ruled metoclopramide "does not affect fetal development, even when taken during the first trimester."

Doctors studied the outcome of over 80,000 births over a decade. The babies of 3,458 moms who were prescribed the drug during the first trimester were no more likely to be at risk for death or malformation, born premature, or have a low birth weight.

"We can now say with a high degree of confidence that it's a safe medication," Dr. Rafael Gorodischer, one of the study's authors, said.

This drug isn't for women with mild nausea and vomiting, and doctors say they still will not prescribe in these cases. The nausea and vomiting must be severe, affecting the health of the mother and her ability to hold down food.

What do you think of this study's findings? Would you take Reglan (metoclopramide) if recommended by your doctor?

 

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