Morning Sickness Relief: My experience taking Diclegis
I’ve mentioned in some recent posts that my morning sickness was in full force during the first trimester of this pregnancy. Worse than it was with the first one. It was so bad that I had to call the doctor, wave the white flag, and ask for something to help me get through the day.
My doctor prescribed me Diclegis.
I was hesitant to take anything honestly because I just hate the thought of putting any medication in my body that my baby might also get exposed to. But it became so hard to function and eat that I just needed it. So I thought I would share my experience taking this medication with you.
Luckily, Diclegis is listed as a Category A medication. This is very rare as most medications, even if proven extremely safe, are still only listed as Category B. It is the only FDA approved medication to treat morning sickness. Diclegis is also relatively new.
It is made up of an antihistamine and Vitamin B6. Basically, it was explained to me that taking this is like taking a mixture of Unisom and Vitamin B6. If you know what Unisom is you might be thinking “are you nuts?!”
Unisom is used to help people sleep. So, yes, given the fact that I was already extremely tired and suffering from the first trimester fatigue that plagues most women, it’s pretty crazy that I took something to make me MORE tired. But again, the morning sickness was brutal so I was willing to do it.
I was instructed to take 2 pills in the morning and if I still felt badly, I could take 1 in the afternoon, and 1 at night as well, but no more than 4 in a day. I was able to get some relief with just the 2 pills in the morning.
So how did it go? The medicine definitely helped. It takes a while to kick in though. It’s not something you take and an hour later it works. It actually takes a few days to start working. I started it on a weekend to see how I would feel and at first I thought it wasn’t working. Within about 3 days I was starting to feel like I could actually stomach more food. The icky morning sickness feeling was still there but it was tolerable. In other words, I could function at work.
The downside was the fact that it did make me REALLY tired. It was worse the first week I took it but the entire time I was on it I definitely felt a lot more exhausted than I think I would have. I was taking a trade off though – feeling tired over feeling constant nausea.
I could just tell once I started to finally feel better and the morning sickness was starting to wear off. As that happened and I was ready to stop taking the medication, I slowly weaned myself. I was told that you shouldn’t stop cold turkey or the morning sickness could come back full force and then it will take a couple days to get the medication working again.
I started just taking one pill per day and assessed how that felt. I did that for a week and felt like I could handle stopping altogether. So then over that next weekend I completely stopped. I still felt a little queasy but things were much better and at this point, I was in the second trimester so I figured I would feel a lot better.
I am glad I took this and I was on it for about 6 – 7 weeks. That’s really all I needed to get me through the really rough spots but I’m glad I had it. The fatigue was tough but I knew it would all be temporary.
As I mentioned, I just wanted to share my story with this medication since it’s pretty new and I couldn’t find a lot of other women who had taken it. Hope this helps any other expectant mamas!
(Disclaimer: PLEASE consult your physician before taking any medication. This was just my own personal experience with taking Diclegis and every person reacts to medication differently. I am not a doctor and am not recommending you take this, just telling me story.)
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