(Closed) Nausea and Zofran

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve been on Zofran since week 6 (and now week 13). It’s an anti-vomiting medicine, not really anti-nausea. I found it helps, but not to the extent I wish it would. No side effects for me thankfully, at least not that I noticed. I get headaches, but those started around week 11 and I’m thinking they may be related to all these storms that have been rolling through the area.

I take the ODT tablets, 1/2 a pill (so 4mg) every morning. I’m supposed to take it every 8 hours but due to my insurance refusing to cover more than 24 pills a month I try to limit it.

Without it, I wouldn’t get through a work day. I was throwing up at least 6 times a day and was unable to keep anything down. So far I’m down 15lbs. So yes, it has helped a great deal, but definitely not 100%. I still have what I call “really bad days”, but they seem to only be 1-2 times a week. I’m now able to eat small meals and keep them down, but I’m super picky on what I eat (pizza/pasta seem to be my “go to” right now).

Now, I had the IV version once when I had to go to the ER for dehydration and that worked wonders. If it wasn’t for the improvement I’ve seen in the past 2 weeks I would have likely asked about getting the pump. It was that bad.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

So….I finally caved and used it this week because EVERYONE has been telling me how it helped them and I’ve been miserable with feeling sick all day, every dy. I took and I was immedately lethargic—very dizzy, drowsy, and I just felt like I took a full dose of benedryl or something. BUT the nausea went away. Honestly, though, I’d take the nausea over feeling out of control with my body. Before I took it I didn’t hear of anyone who had any of the side effects, so you’ll probably be fine. I think my body is just reacting more strongly to medicine these days.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jesstagirl:  I had this same reaction when taking Phenergan, but it’s known to make you drowsy. I still take it at night sometimes (when I feel horrible) and it just knocks me out. Half a pill and I’m out for 5-6 hours straight.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I tried it for 2 days and didn’t feel that it helped me enough to justify taking a medication like that… if it had worked better though, I would have kept taking it.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@snoie:  Hmmm…that’s not a bad idea to take it at night! Then maybe I’ll wake up feeling better and can function in the morning. The side effects wore off about 3-4 hours later, but the nausea stayed at bay for another 4ish hours after that. I may hug you if this works!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I took Zofran with both of my pregnancies.  The most common side effects are constipation, drowsiness, and headaches, but luckily, I only experienced constipation.  Make sure to keep your water intake up, and if you do get constipated, ask your doctor about a stool softener or laxative to help.  I also found that Fiber One bars are tasty and helpful! 

For those of you who did not repond well to Zofran, you may ask your doctor about other options.  Zofran helped with my first pregnancy, but I still suffered a lot.  With my second pregnancy I went on a B6/Unisom regimen in addition to Zofran, and I saw a huge improvement.  Everyone reacts differently to different medications, so if Zofran alone does not help, you may need to try a different drug or double up on meds to get a good effect.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@PrncssDva:  I was forced to take Zofran from weeks 9-18 because my nausea was so bad that I was loosing weight like crazy and would pass out too from hunger and exhaustion. I was so dibilitaated that I thought nothing would help but I was wrong- It was AMAZING!!!!!! I still have half a pack leftover which i’ve had to take on random days that sickness comes back.

They told me it would give me headaches…and yes, it did. I think those went away after about 3 weeks. Not too bad…it was 100% worth it.

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am taking it too, could not get through the days without it. I actually called my doctor sobbing one day from work bc i couldnt take it anymore..and was very anti-meds whenI first got pregnant. I am 15.5 weeks pregnant and still taking it with breakfast every morning. Constipation & drowsiness have been definite side effects for me.. but who knows if those are from the zofran or just being pregnant…

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Zofran was my sanity.  I was so ill that I stayed nauseaous from before it forced me to wake up an dpuke at 4am until I passed out from exhaustion and lack of nutrients at 10pm.  The worst part for me was that my insurance company only allowed for 10 pills per 30 days and I needed them every 4-6 hours like clockwork or I spent the day puking up everything, even my saliva.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@PrncssDva:  From my own experience, Zofran is actually a drug to treat nausea in chemo patients, so a lot of insurance companies only cover a few pills a month.  I had to write a letter to my insurance company with a doctor’s note attached to ask for a plan exception so I could get more pills covered.

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