Post # 1
Anyone else work night shift? We rotate, back and forth, 12 hour days and 12 hour nights.
I can handle the NVP on day shift with Diclectin.
I felt great heading into my last night shift. I was armed with diclectin, a nap before starting, food to eat. And by 4am I was vomiting in the washroom at work. I’d gone 3 days without any vomiting and only very mild nausea while on a regular sleep schedule. It seems as soon as I have to flip to nights everything goes haywire. Once I got back to a dayshift schedule again, it was immediately back under control (with the help of the meds, of course.)
Any advice? What worked for you? Did you change your dosing for the diclectin (diclegis is the name it goes by in the US, I think.)
Post # 2
sostobe: Hey, not sure how your Diclectin was prescribed but mine was: 1 in the morning, 1 mid-day, 2 in the evening and not to exceed 4 in a day.
Could you take 1 in the morning, 1 mid-day, 1 in the evening and 1 at midnight?
Post # 3
Vsmart: I ended up calling motherisk. The max a day is 12! So they suggested a 6 a day plan for now and we will tweak as we go. It was super helpful.
They also gave me a couple of other tips (additional b6, food combos to try and avoid, and gravol.)
Post # 4
Hey, sorry no advice, but I’m curious, are you able to stay awake with the Diclectin? The antihistamine in it makes me so tired! Taking it during the day puts me to sleep! I’m glad the 2 at night seems to control my symptoms enough. I hope your new dosing regimen works for you.
Post # 5
Yeah, I would up the dose! There are other non-drowsy drugs to try too like zofran (ondansetron) or reglan (metaclopramide/metonia). I have hyperemesis, and it’s much worse when I don’t sleep enough – I think it’s the same with NVP. I am in horrible shape even when miss like an hour of sleep – a night shift would be hard to do pregnant in any event, but much worse with NVP!
Post # 6
I’m a night shifter, nurse. Work load seems to be a lot lighter at night. 8 weeks into my pregnancy, and so far, so good. Only thing is I’m exhausted regardless of how much sleep I get, so…….
Post # 7
ltj14: I took it for pretty much the entire first trimester (dosage in my last post). I was actually shocked at how I didn’t feel the least bit drowsy on it at all, despite the fact that it does actually contain the antihistimine.
I suppose its possible I just chalked it all up to the usual fatigue of pregnancy and all that but it never effected me enough to actually inhibit my work etc.
Post # 8
Vsmart: I’ve assumed the fatigue was from pregnancy too. I’m exhausted but it doesn’t seem better/worse with or without the diclectin.
ltj14: I haven’t noticed it’s worse. And I use unisom regularly as a sleep aid (with great results). I could sleep anywhere, anytime right now.
teahb: Quiet nights might be worse! Our nights are often as busy/busier than day shift. It’s usually a good thing. It keeps me awake and makes the shift fly by!
So what we are trying is 1 pill every 4 hours. Even if I’m asleep, the alarm goes off and I take one (I’ve been leaving a pill and a glass of water at my bedside). I won’t try a night shift til next week, but there’s only been a few periods of nausea yesterday and today. And no vomiting! I hope this keeps up.
Thanks for the advice & commiseration!