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    Default Try Restavit

    Hi, you might want to ask your GP or OB about an over-the-counter med called Restavit. The ingredient is doxylamine and it is proven to be really effective with nausea. It is Cat A for pregnancy so very safe. I just don't know why more GPs don't know about it. It's crazy. It's on the Royal Women's Hospital protocol for treatment of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy. A drug called Diclegis is available for morning sickness in the USA and it is a mix of doxylamine and B6. It's not available in Australia but you can recreate it by having Restavit with B6. Usual dose is 1/2 tablet in morning, 1/2 tablet in afternoon and full tablet in evening. It's actually marketed as a sleeping aid so it will make you really sleepy for the first two weeks and then your body will adjust and you won't be so wiped. If you don't have little ones to look after, then I say, just sleep and enjoy not being sick!
    You can actually buy Restavit over the counter without a prescription but if the pharmacist knows you're pregnant, they might say no. That's just because they are not up to date with its use. You could get a friend to go in and just say it is for sleeping, because it is technically a sleep aid. But, you might feel better talking to your doc about it anyway.
    I just wanted to share because I'm so frustrated that this safe, effective medication is not routinely offered to women in Australia. They go straight for maxolan (mostly useless) and zofran (only effective in reducing vomiting but does very little for nausea). Good luck. Hope you feel better soon. Don't forget to go in for fluids if you feel dehydrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memmie View Post
    Hi, you might want to ask your GP or OB about an over-the-counter med called Restavit. The ingredient is doxylamine and it is proven to be really effective with nausea. It is Cat A for pregnancy so very safe. I just don't know why more GPs don't know about it. It's crazy. It's on the Royal Women's Hospital protocol for treatment of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy. A drug called Diclegis is available for morning sickness in the USA and it is a mix of doxylamine and B6. It's not available in Australia but you can recreate it by having Restavit with B6. Usual dose is 1/2 tablet in morning, 1/2 tablet in afternoon and full tablet in evening. It's actually marketed as a sleeping aid so it will make you really sleepy for the first two weeks and then your body will adjust and you won't be so wiped. If you don't have little ones to look after, then I say, just sleep and enjoy not being sick!
    You can actually buy Restavit over the counter without a prescription but if the pharmacist knows you're pregnant, they might say no. That's just because they are not up to date with its use. You could get a friend to go in and just say it is for sleeping, because it is technically a sleep aid. But, you might feel better talking to your doc about it anyway.
    I just wanted to share because I'm so frustrated that this safe, effective medication is not routinely offered to women in Australia. They go straight for maxolan (mostly useless) and zofran (only effective in reducing vomiting but does very little for nausea). Good luck. Hope you feel better soon. Don't forget to go in for fluids if you feel dehydrated.
    Oh yeah defo this ^^^

    How could I forget about restavit! Doh. Baby brain. It's good stuff. I used to just take at night before sleeping and would make a great dent in MS for most of the next day.

    Hope you're doing ok OP

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    I cant belive restavit is safe to take to help nausea and its not known!! Im so glad I read this thread to discover that. I went all pregnancy with no meds scared they wouldnt help as maxalon doesnt but next time I wont just suffer and try restavit! Thank you. Op I hope it helps u x

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    Wow, I wasn't expecting so many replies. Thank you so much everyone.

    I have tried a lot of home remedies but they have only worked a bit.
    I've bought some sea bands which should be arriving in the next few days. Hopefully that'll help.
    I even tried the music that is supposed to help with morning sickness and it didn't do a thing. Oh well.

    But I saw my doctor today and she told me to try blackmores morning sickness formula and if that doesn't help, then maxalon (which she gave me a prescription for). I know you all said it didn't work for you but I figure I could give it a few days and if I'm still distressed by the morning sickness, then I can move onto Zofran or Restavit.

    I really appreciate all your input, everyone. I feel much less alone. Thank you.

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    Mission accomplished then

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    Restavit and phenergan was a godsend both over the counter as zofran didn't unfortunately didn't help nor did maxalon. Don't under estimate these over the counter meds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missbear View Post
    Restavit and phenergan was a godsend both over the counter as zofran didn't unfortunately didn't help nor did maxalon. Don't under estimate these over the counter meds!
    Missbear did your doc tell you to take phenergan? I wanted to last pregnancy and called a chemist to see if I could and he said no.. Phenergan is the Best when I get nausea

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    Yep numerous GPs, high risk Ob and even when admitted to a tertiary hospital for HG management I was on a massive phenergan dose. It's on the Melb Royal Women's nausea n vomiting guide as I Cat A drug I think. Maybe you need a 2nd opinion...

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    Thanks Missbear thats great news!!!

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    Update: So maxalon didn't work. So today I went to the doctor again and got Zofran. And I'm actually feeling like myself again. It's such a relief. I didn't even feel like a person in the end before. All I was was pain. Anyway. I feel a bit guilty taking zofran when it isn't proven 100% to be safe. But it's worth the risk. I was having bad thoughts about myself and my baby and I'm in control a bit more now. So I can cope.


 

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