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Cyclizine have stopped working HELP - cant cope.

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Lennon80 Mon 06-Jul-15 15:11:58

Hi Ladies as with my last pregnancy severe sickness kicked in the day my period was due and now at 8 weeks I am so so depressed trying to get through each day with this.

I have tried B6 and I am drinking Rochester Ginger by the gallon and enduring the onslaught of heartburn. The GP gave me cyclizine as I cant take any time off work ( I had three oncology surgeries last year and early this year). They seem to have stopped being as effective and I am still wretching all the time. After three weeks on them they are also still making me just want to sleep and I can barely get through the day.

Has anyone else found this with cyclzine, did the tiredness ever go away and did they feel almost like they became less effective the longer you took them?

Also any ladies who had severe sickness in first pregnancy did the second time last as long? My first baby it went on till week 17... not sure I am going to get to week 17 at this rate without a nervous breakdown.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 06-Jul-15 15:15:33

Ask for ondansetron. It works better but is expensive so Drs are reluctant to prescribe it.

Lennon80 Mon 06-Jul-15 15:18:24

I called them and spoke to the GP today, she said she wouldn't prescribe anything else as nothing is 'safe' and she would rather sign me off work sad But I cant be off atm (long story wont bore with it).

sarkymare Mon 06-Jul-15 15:37:20

Your GP is talking bollocks. I've been on at least 4 different medications for HG with this pregnancy, all of which have been deemed safe enough to prescribe to thousands of sick pregnant women.

53rdAndBird Mon 06-Jul-15 15:43:06

Can the GP refer you to hospital antenatal clinic? They were great with me, gave me ondansetron and wrote to GP saying I needed it on repeat prescription for as long as necessary.

Lennon80 Mon 06-Jul-15 15:45:34

I have basically been told to suck it up by the GP - I don't know where to turn now.

53rdAndBird Mon 06-Jul-15 15:46:34

(Or possibly EPAU, since you're only 8 weeks - many of them let you self-refer if GP won't.)

I did find cyclizine lost its effectiveness after about 5/6 weeks of taking it, and one of the hospital midwives said that can happen sometimes. Was given stemetil (didn't help), metaclopramide (mostly didn't help), then ondansetron, then finally a combination of ondansetron plus cyclizine. There are definitely other possible drugs, it's not cyclizine or nothing.

Lennon80 Mon 06-Jul-15 15:53:59

I am under consultant led care but don't see them for a month .. so fed up. I knew I would get that response when I called up, but you live in hope don't you. I wish I could just go to sleep and wake up when I was ready to give birth sad

sarkymare Mon 06-Jul-15 16:32:11

OP have a look at the hyperemesis support thread. There are links to some brilliant websites and phone numbers to help you obtain sickness medication. The posters there know exactly what you're going through and will gladly share any and all tips and tricks they have accumulated. You also sound very sad and I think talking it through with people who understand will help.

I really sympathise with you. I too am suffering for the second time and it really fucking annoys me that there isn't more support easily available and a lot of HCP just brush you off. This sickness is utterly soul destroying and debilitating and yet you're expected to just battle through with little to no help.

Lennon80 Mon 06-Jul-15 16:36:35

I do feel sad, I burst into tears this weekend in front of my MIL which was really embarrassing. Unless you have had it I really don't think you can understand how bad it is. My little four year old gives me sympathy at least.

Thanks sarkymare

Skiptonlass Mon 06-Jul-15 17:15:06

Your GP is wrong.

EPAU for you, missus. Let them know exactly how bad it is. Severe nausea is absolutely fecking awful, I really feel for you.

Lennon80 Mon 06-Jul-15 17:17:14

But the GP has to refer to the EPAU I thought?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 06-Jul-15 17:20:01

A different gP?

They're talking rubbish. Either on purpose or lack of knowledge. Id call them out in it and say you know it's not true. Feel for you, it's shit.

53rdAndBird Mon 06-Jul-15 18:23:31

Depends on the EPAU. You can self-refer to mine. Also definitely worth trying a different GP - some are much better than others at dealing with this.

warriorbot Tue 07-Jul-15 11:46:59

Have you talked to Occ health at work? I know you don't want to take time off, but you're sick: you're allowed to!

Hope you find a medication and the support that works for you.

LilacWine7 Tue 07-Jul-15 12:43:51

I'm nearly 30weeks and taking metoclopramide 3x day, previously I was on cyclizne and I also tried prochlorperazine and promethazine without success though many find these meds helpful. I was diagnosed with HG after weeks of suffering severe sickness (that my GP kept insisting was 'normal'). Ended up getting proper diagnosis and treatment via A&E then followed up by EPU and later by an obstetrician at antenatal clinic.

Severe sickness can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances which can be dangerous for mum and baby. There are many anti-sickness meds considered safe in pregnancy but GPs are often limited in their knowledge of how to treat pregnancy sickness and will only prescribe a few of the milder ones. Please see a different GP and insist on a referral to EPU, or go to A&E if you feel dehydrated or can't keep liquids down. Some EPAUs also have drop-in sessions where you don't need a referral. There are effective treatments for severe sickness, and the sooner you see a specialist the better.

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