You might wonder why I'm thinking (hoping, praying) Diclectin will work for me. Go back to the year 1977. Early that year a woman found out she was pg. Her son was just turning a year old and the thought of being "sick as a dog" while chasing after a busy toddler was overwhelming. She asked her OB if there was anything she could take. She was told about and given Bendectin and it worked so well she took it again in '79 for another pregnancy. Who was this woman? She is my mom.
Sadly, Bendectin is no longer available in the US and this is why:
Bendectin is an anti-nausea drug that is a combination of Vitamin B6 and doxylamine succinate (antihistamine) and was on the US market from the 1950's until 1983, when it was voluntarily removed from the market by its manufacturer, Merrell Dow. The reason? False statments that it was causing birth defects. As alarming as that sounds, the evidence and history has not shown any proof between its use and an increase in birth defects. Today most OB's approve of its use and tell you how to "make your own" over the counter version. If you do some research, you will see that upon Bendectin's removal from the market, the rate of birth defects remained steady while the rate of hospitalizations for NVP doubled. It has been thought that Bendectin was used by lawyers, eager for money, as a reason to start suing. The legal fees were costing Merrell Dow more than the drug was making so they removed it from the market.
Most interesting to me is that due to all of this, Bendectin (Diclectin) remains the most studied antiemetic for use in pregnancy. And these studies showed it was safe and effective. Diclectin is a "Class A" drug - the safest rating there is. I was told by my MW that Tylenol was a "Class B"
Click HERE for the FDA drug rating chart.
Bendectin is still available in Canada under the name of Diclectin, I was able to get some and this is how:
My husband and I met with my OB and talked about our desire to have more children and how to better control HG.
She was comfortable with me taking Diclectin and wrote me a Rx.
I then took to the internet to find a pharmacy in Canada where I could order it. It was as easy as scanning my Rx and emailing it to a company called canadadrugs.com. I had it 2 weeks later.