Recent research suggests that a commonly prescribed drug to alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women might be not so effective.
Known as Diclectin or pyridoxine-doxylamine, this drug has been prescribed over the past four decades for many pregnant women. A group of Canadian researchers has discovered that the study used to prove that Diclectin is effective has some flaws.
According to the researchers, the study was made in the 1970s, and it wasn’t even published. However, Health Canada and the U.S. FDA approved the morning sickness drug based on this unpublished study.
Dr. Nav Persaud, a study co-author and a family physician from the St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, says that Diclectin is far from being considered effective. Dr. Persaud adds that there are two primary problems with the study. First, there was no data about 31% of the study participants.
Also, the researchers are not sure if the data integrity is good. Therefore, the team believes that this morning sick medication should be studied once again. Besides being potentially ineffective, this drug might have other unknown side effects.
In other words, some pregnant women might get sick without finding out the cause. Still, Dr. Mitchel Kramer, a gynecologist from Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, believes that Diclectin is an excellent medication.
He has been prescribing this morning sickness drug for many years. That is why he thinks that the latest study has no value. Dr. Kramer added that he would continue to prescribe Diclectin for his patients.
Nevertheless, Dr. Jennifer Wu, a gynecologist and obstetrician from Lenox Hill Hospital, says that although Diclectin is regarded as safe, it might not be as efficient as it was previously believed.
Therefore, the researchers need to continue their investigation to find out more about this drug. Diclectin consists of doxylamine, which is an over-the-counter sleep aid, and pyridoxine, or vitamin B6.
The potential side effect of this morning sickness drug is sleepiness or fatigue, but the patients usually deal with it. Dr. Kramer says that he doesn’t exclude the possibility that a new drug similar to Diclectin and more effective might be discovered in the future.
Dr. Wu notes that this medication is quite expensive. More precisely, it costs more than $100, although Vitamin B6 and doxylamine are very inexpensive when sold separately.
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