About 30 years ago, a drug to ease morning sickness called Diclegis was pulled from the market after thousands of law suits were filed from mothers who believed the medicine caused birth defects in their babies. The makers of Diclegis are now saying that the accusations back then were unfounded and the medicine has recently been given the highest possible rating from the FDA (Category A).
Dr. Keith Eddelman, the director of obstetrics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, agreed. He said the drug should never have been taken off the market in the first place.
"It is not a controversial drug, and the data is very convincing. ... This new FDA medication is a great option for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness," he said.
As a mother who endured severe morning sickness I can say that this does in fact sound tempting and wonderful. However I tend to agree with Dr. Jennifer Ashton, OB-GYN, who was quoted in the article:
Ashton also recommended trying lifestyle changes, such as eating small, frequent bland snacks, acupressure wrist bands and meditation before taking medication to ease morning sickness. But if symptoms become overwhelming, Ashton said Diclegis could be a good option.
"Vomiting a few times a day may be something a pregnant woman can handle for a short period of time," she said. "Vomiting hourly is not."
How bad was your morning sickness? Would you have resorted to Diclegis?