(Closed) prescription nausea medicine?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would call your doctor and go see them right away. I did decide to deline taking the medication, but my doctor did have a couple of options to prescribe that were in category B.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Im not pregnant nor have i ever been, but i was perscribed Promethazine and it really worked. Im not sure if it is pregnancy safe, but its worth asking! Hope you find some sort of relief!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I didn’t get prescription ones, but my doc did recommend some over-the-counter stuff that worked for me. Sea bands, a generic OTC motion sickness pill, and switching to just taking folic acid (rather than the prenatal with iron) helped me feel better! Definitely check with your doctor!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

This is my third pregnancy and this is the worst nausea I have ever had, like can hardly stand because I felt so dizzy. I have never had a prescription in my ther pregnancies either. When I went to my last appointment I had lost 6 lbs in two weeks so my doctor thought it would be best to start something. I was on Zofran, it hardly helped and gave me headaches. So on really bad days I used it and took Tyleno, but mostly I just sucked it up. At 13 weeks it is starting to get better.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was on prescription meds for both of my pregnancies due to hyperemesis; I always say that as soon as the nausea starts affecting your ability to function during a normal day, meds might be a good option for you.

Zofran (Ondansetron is the generic) is the most commonly prescribed nausea med during pregnancy; it’s a little white, dissolvable pill that tastes like mint or cherries.  I respond very well to Zofran, although some people experience migraines on it.  One complication is constipation, so it’s important to monitor that while taking it.

Another common class of drugs prescribed during pregnancy are antihistamines.  Pheneregan (Promethazine is the generic) is very common, along with OTC drugs like Benadryl and Dramamine (or Gravol, in Canada).  These drugs are all considered safe during pregnancy, but may make you drowsy.

Finally, if you aren’t able to see your doctor right away for a prescription, you might ask about the recommended dosage for a B6/Unisom combo to tide you over until then.  B6 and Unisom can both be bought over the counter and are considered safe during pregnancy.  Every doctor has different dosing preferences, but what I’ve seen most often is to start with 50 mg B6 and 1/2 Unisom at bedtime and increase from there until the nausea becomes manageable.

Let me know if you need any other information; I know it can be completely miserable, so feel free to PM me anytime, even if you just need a little support/encouragement.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I take Zofran as well and have been since about 6wks.  My doctor was quick to let me know that it may NOT help with the actual nausea, but it will help with vomiting.  Hope you feel better soon.  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Rose120:  Good!  I hope your nausea starts improving very soon!

Both Unisom and Zofran are Class B drugs, which are considered safe during pregnancy, and are not thought to affect the baby.  Zofran can be taken any time of the day or night, but if you do B6/Unisom, you’ll want to take it at night only.  I did both Zofran and B6/Unisom with my last pregnancy, and I noticed a world of difference from my first.  You might start out with just one medication, though, and then you can add in the other, if you’re not getting enough relief.

There are some natural options you can try, too.  Ginger and peppermint are both natural anitemitics, and some people find relief from smelling fresh lemons or rubbing alcohol, as well.  Personally, I’ve found that natural remedies only work for me once the nasuea has been diminished by meds; they’re not strong enough, on their own, to help me much.  Also, like your doctor said, it is so important to stay hydrated.  Once you start to get dehydrated, you’re going to feel much worse and you’re going to have a harder time keeping liquids/food down, so stay on top of it.  🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just a quick PSI.  I am currently 36 weeks but had awful all day sickness the first trimester.  Zofran really does help with vomiting.  It’s amazing.  But it is kind of like playing with the devil.  When the side effects mention consipation they really arn’t kidding.  I chugged metamucil, ate a ton of fiber and took 3 colace tablets a day and it was still a big issue.   Take zofran if you truly need it but it should be a last resort. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

SeaBand actually has a ginger gum that i rely on heavily for non-pregnancy related nausea that I get at CVS.  But it does say on the box that it can be taken daily for morning sickness. 

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