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prochlorperazine in pregnancy for nausea and dizziness

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memoo Wed 18-Feb-09 20:49:13

Has anyone ever been prescribed this by their doc for nausea and dizziness during pregnancy?

I've been to GP this evening as feeling so dizzy thought i might have an ear infection but I don't So he prescribe these tablets for me saying they were safe.

Stupidly I googled them any found some sites saying they are not safe and now don't not what to do!

mogwai Wed 18-Feb-09 21:16:34

I've been taking these tablets about twice a year for the last ten years due to repeated bouts of vertigo, which I usually get just after a cold.

However, I have suffered the vertigo rather than take them during pregnancy (particularly during the first trimester).

This meant I was really rather sick, however, like you I also googled them and decided against.

My dh is a doctor and he felt better to err on the side of caution too.

HeftyMutha Thu 19-Feb-09 12:22:24

I was prescribed these at about 7 weeks pregnant, in the form of a soluble table that you wedge under your lip and it dissolves (this was because I couldn't keep anything down and was vomiting all the time). It seemed to curb the puking and nausea a bit, but I got much better results with cyclizine.

At one point during the pregnancy I was given a prochlorperazine injection because the vomiting suddenly became very severe and needed to be stopped before I became radically dehydrated. It certainly worked.

These anti-sickness drugs can be very beneficial and I have been reassured by all the docs and midwives I've spoken to that they are safe in pregnancy - they wouldn't prescribe it otherwise. However, it is wise to take them only if you risk dangerously becoming dehydrated and ill without them.

BTW I'm now 36 weeks - my baby is growing fat and healthy and there have been absolutely no problems with his physical development.

Don't worry - if you need the tablets to curb bouts of vomiting, don't feel guilty about taking them.

HeftyMutha Thu 19-Feb-09 12:22:56

I meant 'tablet' not 'table' LOL smile

AnnVan Thu 19-Feb-09 12:44:19

Ihad intravenous prochlorperazine while pg (got dehydrated) I was given the tablets but tbh the didn't help much. No probs with ds development though (he's now five months)

onepieceofbrusselssprout Thu 19-Feb-09 12:48:08

I had them but couldn't tolerate the tablets. I had the pr (rectal) version of either this drug or an equivalent which obviously worked better.

I had severe hyperemesis first time round and had to be hospitalised for over a week (twice) as I couldn't even tolerate water and was severely dehydrated so needed iv fluids.

All was well with the baby btw, in fact she was massive; almost 10lb when born. shock

memoo Thu 19-Feb-09 13:26:44

thanks for that guys, feel a bit better about taking them now. I never knew how bad you could feel when pregnant. I sailed through my first 2, but this one is really putting me through it, and i'm only 8 weeks!!!

Drdogood Fri 06-Jul-12 20:51:02

My wife is currently 9 weeks pregnant and suffering with severe nausea. As a GP I felt informed enough to be able to have a discussion with her about the harms of buccastem (prochlorperazine) versus the benefits. Cyclizine and prochlorperazine belong to a family of drugs used for the treatment of sickness of different causes. In order to decide if a drug is safe for administration rigorous testing needs to be completed and given the ethical considerations, pregnant women are excluded from trials so little concrete evidence exists.

Buccastem and Cyclizine are used by GP's and obstetricans routinely to help morning sickness, and the medical consensus is that it is safe to take in pregnancy. Certainly my wife has had a dramatic improvement in the way she feels.

In medicine there a few incidence of absolute rights and wrongs, decisions tend to be a balance of benefits and harms: severe nausea and vomiting can put your baby at risk of miscarriage. It is important as an expectant mum to discuss your worries with your GP to help you make the right decisions for you.

whoisthefatherthen Sun 08-Jul-12 18:27:39

I found cyclizine useless, but had pro... (always called them stemetil) tablets, couldn't hack the soluble ones, I had pro... through a drip too.
Second time of having HE I told GP cyclizine didn't work for me but she insisted until 3 days later when I was admitted to hospital for IV rehydration, thank you GP!!! sad

Denaheva Wed 18-May-16 09:30:11

Hi, I was having a look at a prescription that was perscribed to my friend for morning sickness, I had a good read of the leaflet and read up about it because it says do not take it you are pregnant. But a doctor prescribed this. Has anyone taken this whilst pregnant having been prescribed it?

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