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    Default Hyperemesis. Did Zofran work for you?

    I have Hyperemesis again, Yay me.

    After spending yesterday in hospital on IV lines, the Dr gave me 4mg Zofran tablets for at home. After I explained numerous times that it doesnt work for me, she insisted that if i take it in the morning and then take maxalon at night (it knocks me out) then ill be fine.

    I took 4mg zofran this morning, had breakfast,i was throwing up within 30min. Why me

    Zofran DOESNT work for me. It doesnt get rid of nausea, it doesnt stop me throwing up.

    Anyone else? What else do you do? How did the drs help you survive this cr@p?

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    I found I still vomit once in the morning and feel sick the rest of the day, but it does stop any more vomiting.

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    Im still throwing up, so not the case for me unfortunately.

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    That is horrible, would increasing the dose work? I have a friend who is on 8mg every eight hours.
    Otherwise I don't think there is much more that can be done. I have another friend who is at 25 weeks still going into hospital and on a drip regularly because nothing is helping her.

    I hope you find something.

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    I was the same, even 8mg didn't consistently work for me. I found 4mg three times a day to work best (but only after my first morning vomit). I was also on vitamin b6 three or four times a day. Have you tried dozile/restavit? It was what made the biggest difference for me when taken at night, and the morning too if I didn't have to drive (it knocks me out). Even now at 20 weeks I'm still taking it at night but have cut back zofran to just be on bad days. I used to find it so frustrating when the drs didn't understand that zofran didn't always work! Good luck

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    I cant afford more than one tablet a day. Its just way too expensive. So I cant take it more often. Also, if im throwing up as soon as 30min after zofran, i cant see how taking it 8hrly will be any better
    Google tells me I cant take restivit/dozile as im still breastfeeding. Maxalon knocks me out, and im allergic to Stemetil.

    The only thing i can do for fluids is go to hospital, but i dont know if thats 'allowed'. I was so dehydrated yesterday it took the drs an hour and a half too find a vein and even then they had to dig for it.

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    I went in for fluids every week from weeks 7 to 12 so as far as I'm concerned its "allowed". The ed drs never questioned it. I got lucky one day with a dr whose wife had hyperemesis so he arranged an obstetric consult with someone who specialises in HG. I ended up getting admitted for three nights at 12 weeks because just a day on iv fluids didn't break the cycle of vomiting. I'm lucky in that this is my first so I understand its probably not an easy option with another bub at home. If I hadn't been able to keep fluids down after that admission the plan was to start on a low dose of steroids but luckily I didn't need it. When I saw the specialist she was able to lodge a special form with the hospital pharmacy that gave me a month of zofran under the PBS price (even though the regular ed doctors could never do that) otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford it. The dr also recommended drinking coke or sparkling apple juice for fluids - I couldn't keep the coke down but lived on sparkling apple juice for a few weeks. My only advice is to keep going to the ed and pushing for an obstetric review.

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    My hospital is really rural, so im not sure there is a specialist. I was going to see my GP to see if he can organise some sort of management plan.

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    You may be at an advantage with a smaller health service as they will get to know you pretty quickly and ED wait times will be shorter then in a major city.

    I worked in a regional hospital for a while and there was a woman who basically had a standing appointment for IV fluids at least weekly if not more. After a few really dehydrated admissions like you described (where even IV gets tough as blood pressure is so low and veins suck) they had her coming in regularly to try and catch it before she got that dehy each time. Just keep going in...make them sick of you if you need to.

    Are they worried about you breast feeding? How old is your older child? If you can, see if you can get an appt with a dietician as I'd be worried about your calorie intake (for your own energy and the baby in utero) if you are barely getting any food in and some of your cals and fluid are going straight out again in breast milk. The dietician might be able to recommend some really calorie dense nutrition options like Ensure etc so that you can get some cals even if you don't keep it down for long.

    I really feel for you, I'll send some anti-nausea vibes and prayers your way xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfishie View Post
    You may be at an advantage with a smaller health service as they will get to know you pretty quickly and ED wait times will be shorter then in a major city.

    I worked in a regional hospital for a while and there was a woman who basically had a standing appointment for IV fluids at least weekly if not more. After a few really dehydrated admissions like you described (where even IV gets tough as blood pressure is so low and veins suck) they had her coming in regularly to try and catch it before she got that dehy each time. Just keep going in...make them sick of you if you need to.

    Are they worried about you breast feeding? How old is your older child? If you can, see if you can get an appt with a dietician as I'd be worried about your calorie intake (for your own energy and the baby in utero) if you are barely getting any food in and some of your cals and fluid are going straight out again in breast milk. The dietician might be able to recommend some really calorie dense nutrition options like Ensure etc so that you can get some cals even if you don't keep it down for long.

    I really feel for you, I'll send some anti-nausea vibes and prayers your way xxx
    Thank you. They didnt ask me about my breastfeeding (i didnt mention it). DS2 is turning 2 on wednesday. They will make me wean him though for sure. I hadnt thought about my calorie intake. At the moment its probably 100-200cals a day (that i throw up). And i can manage about 100ml of water a day.


 

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