When my youngest was born 20 years ago, the only safe and not always sure way to treat morning sickness was with Vitamin B 6. Doctors would prescribe a mega dose of B – 6, because it is water soluble and what our bodies do not need, it simply excretes in the urine. While B – 6 did take some of the edge off of nausea, doctors at the time were not prescribing other nausea medicines. Now that my daughter is pregnant, the medications on the market for nausea has expanded. This is due to years of research that have proven that many of these medicines do not cross the placental barrier or do so in small doses. These medicines would be listed as a Category A or B medicine.
Emetrol’s website notes that up to 90 percent of women experience morning sickness at some time during their pregnancy. This over the counter nausea treatment as been around since 1949. Emetrol is generally sold in liquid form, as it is a favorite for children with nausea. It is sold in cherry and lemon mint flavors, with most stores carrying the cherry flavor. The active ingredients in Emetrol are fructose and dextrose, which are sugars. Because its main ingredients are sugar and not a chemical medication, it is not listed under a category according to medical research. Doctors do warn diabetic patients against taking Emetrol, due to its high sugar content.
Zofran has been around for years, but at first was not used for morning sickness due to a small study showing a possible link between Zofran and fetal cleft palate. However, more recent and extensive studies have shown no negative effect on a fetus due to Zofran. Zofran is administered in either pills or in dissolving tablets. Most doctors prescribe the dissolving tablets, which placed under the tongue and dissolves directly into the bloodstream. Zofran is listed as a category B medicine meaning it does not harm the baby or cross the placental barrier.
This is probably the oldest medication for nausea, generally used for motion sickness. This medicine can be bought over the counter in varying doses. There are several drawbacks to Dramamine, including drowsiness and dry mouth. It can be supplied in chewable tablet form, pills, patches or shots in extreme cases. Warnings indicate not for use in pregnant women, however it is listed as a Category B medication, meaning tests have failed to show any cross placental or fetal absorption or problems related to Dramamine. While given to pregnant women for nausea, it is a better choice for motion sickness that might occur during pregnancy.
Always check with a doctor first before prescription your own nausea medications. What is safe for one person may not be for the next. The doctor will take into consideration your medical history, your health, medications you are on and the health of the baby. It is great to know that morning sickness is now treated better than it ever was in the past.