That’s because this week the Food and Drug Administration approved Diclegis, a drug used to treat pregnant women who suffer from nausea and vomiting, reported ABC News. This is particularly big news because it is currently the only FDA-approved drug available to treat this particular pregnancy symptom. And if you’ve ever suffered from morning sickness, then you know this is kind of a big deal.
This is also big news because this drug was previously pulled off the market 30 years ago following hundreds of lawsuits by women who claimed it caused birth defects in their babies. Now, decades later, experts agree that the data shows no connection between the drug and birth defects and probably should never have been pulled off the market years ago.
ABC News reports that the drug may have been pulled in 1983 due to hysteria over another drug for pregnant women called thalidomide, which was given as a sleeping aide and was, indeed, found to cause birth defects. It’s not surprising that people were quick to blame another drug for birth defects only a few years later.
I’m personally very excited about the release of this drug. Certainly, there are lots of natural, homeopathic ways to try to ease morning sickness, such as eating small, frequent meals or using acupuncture. But if those methods are not effective and you are one of the very unlucky women who suffer from extreme, crippling nausea all day long, this drug will be a godsend.
Would you consider taking a prescription drug to ease morning sickness?
Source: ABC News
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