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Morning sickness? Our obstetrical team answers your questions about Diclectin

You’ve likely heard reports this week about Diclectin, a very popular morning sickness drug that is prescribed each year to thousands of Canadian women. If you’re pregnant and already on Diclectin, or pregnant and contemplating taking Diclectin, you’re likely wondering what to do.

What happened this week?

Basically, we learned there is no scientific evidence to show Diclectin is effective.

Will you still prescribe Diclectin?

We will tell women that there is no evidence to show Diclectin is effective.  It’s a woman’s decision to take it or not.  It costs about $90 a month, so this may sway their decision.

What do you see in your patients?

We see women who take Diclectin and they find there’s an improvement in their morning sickness. We don’t know if the drug is actually helping or is a placebo effect.

So, it may not be effective, but it’s still safe to take?

Diclectin is a combination of vitamin B6 and a common antihistamine, both of which have been determined to be safe for pregnant women and their unborn child.

» Read the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s recent statement on Diclectin

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Marie Sanderson

Marie Sanderson is a Senior Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

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