Diclectin - updated

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Diclectin - updated

UPDATE - thanks for all the advice ladies!!! I didn't realize how easy or common it is to get a prescription...turns out that my midwife CAN write prescription for it, but since she is out of town until July 9, her receptionist told me to just go to my family doc. I've got an appt first thing Wednesday morning...finally, some relief is on the way!!! (i hope!!!)


1. How sick do I have to be before I can take the stuff?

2. How do I get my hands on it?? Can my midwife get it for me, or do I need to see my family doc for a prescription?

3. Is there something in the US that I can get over the counter?? (I live close to the border, at this point I am willing to walk through the Detroit tunnel to get something)

I can't take the m/s anymore. I am nauseous 24/7 and barfing at least twice a day, sometimes more. I can still keep some food down, but I can't function at all. Work is a nightmare. I can't take this much longer.

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Joined: 02/16/08
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I have never heard of that before.

Your midwife can perscribe zofran that is really good. And over the counter they have unisom take a half tablet. Or there is a seaband that is a bracelet. But I would call your midwife first she will be able to help you more.

Hope you start to feel better soon

yellow.rose.of.canada's picture
Joined: 01/13/10
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Sorry you're feeling so gross. Sad I bet your midwife can probably write a script for diclectin. If not, you may just be able to put a call in to your family doc. I also had a friend who would take a gravol to help her feel better because diclectin worked for her. I'm not really sure that's safe, though. I hope you feel better soon!

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I've never heard of it either. I used the sea bands for a while and they really helped me. I hope you get some relief soon. That sounds miserable.

Joined: 11/20/07
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I was just like you....but alot worse and I finally went to a Dr. and they precribed me Diclectin as well. I was told I waited too long and should have came in sooner to get the prescription therefore I'm sure you'll be able to get a prescription for it. Not sure if midwives can prescribe meds(???) I was taking 5 pills a day and I was finally able to function at work again but after a week or so I was back to throwing up so the dr instructed me to take 8 pills per day and I am much better! Not sure I would have survived the pregnancy if it wasn't for Diclectin! Hope you get some soon!:)

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Agreed, start with the midwife and see what she says...then you can find your first step.

clio's picture
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My OB wrote me a script without me even asking. She asked if I was nauseous, I said yes, and bam, there was my script. So it shouldn't be hard to get.

I've read that Unisom (US) or Unisom 2 (Can) combined with Vit. B6 is the same thing. And Benedryl is extremely similar, so if you need something OTC right now, you can try that.

I loved it. At first I thought it wasn't working, but I was taking it rather willy-nilly, not realizing that it's a time release pill. When I took it properly, it worked. I still got nauseous and threw up, but it took the edge off of the nausea and it cut my barfing down by around 50%. I was only on 4 pills/day, though--I'm sure if I had taken more, it would have worked. I just wasn't aware until now that you could take more!

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Diclectin is only available in Canada. When it first came on the market, there was some debate about its safety and the US pulled it at that time. Canada kept it and has been using it withou incident for over 30 years. It is essentially vitaminB6 and an antihistamine very similar to Unisom.

There are options in the US but as far as i know they are pricey. If you think it is worth medication, you should go for it.

I used diclectin for my 3 pregnancies. It never made me feel good but it did make me functional. If I wasn't on it, I couldn't leave the house, watch tv, sleep, eat...

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I just finished taking diclectin and I was less sick than you (24/7 nausea but very little throwing up). Like you, working (and sleeping) was nearly impossible and that was not an option for me. I just went to my doctor and asked if there was anything they could do, and she wrote me the script no questions asked. Like clio said, make sure you stick to the schedule. The morning pill makes you feel better around lunch, the lunch pill is for evening, etc. If you know you feel worst at night you can double up the lunch pill for example. It did take about a full day for me to work, so be prepared for that.

It absolutely took the edge off and made me functional at work, which I am so grateful for. And I was finally able to eat SOMETHING, even though I was still nauseated just less so. It was an absolute lifesaver for me.

Good luck! I started feeling much better by week 11 and now at 14 weeks am 99% back to normal in terms of nausea.