Friday, February 09, 2018 by Russel Davis
The morning sickness drug Diclegis may not be as effective as previously thought, a study published in the journal PLOS ONE revealed. The researchers discussed that the drug, which received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, did not fare better than a placebo pill in improving symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women.
A team of health experts at the St. Michael’s Hospital in Canada pooled data from a 2010 clinical trial in order to assess the drug’s efficacy. Data from a 13-point scale trial revealed that patients who took the drug exhibited symptom declines that were only 0.7 points greater compared with those who took a placebo pill. Lead researcher Dr. Nav Persaud stressed that the difference did not show statistical significance.
“One of the most important things about this study is that it explains exactly why many women who have taken this medication would believe that it works and many of the physicians who have prescribed it would believe that it works. When you look at the symptom scores for women who are given a placebo, they start around 9 on the first day of the study, and by two weeks later, the symptom score is 4 out of 13, and a minimum score on that scale is 3, which would indicate no symptoms,” Dr. Persaud said in a Health Line entry.
According to Dr. Persaud, the possible explanation to this was that the patients’ nausea and vomiting might have been self-limited and could have been relieved without even resorting to medical intervention. The expert also noted that it was highly unlikely that the drug will be pulled out from the market, as product recalls only apply to potentially dangerous drugs and not to seemingly ineffective treatment. Dr. Persaud added that patients should consult their health care providers about effective morning sickness treatments.
Health experts and mothers alike would agree that morning sickness, while relatively as common as colds, may still bring utmost discomfort in pregnant women. A number of natural, drug-free methods were known to effectively keep morning sickness at bay. Here are a few steps in avoiding the onset of morning sickness. (Related: Morning Sickness: 10 Natural and Simple Tips to Avoid the Nausea.)
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