Interventions for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy

School of Nursing, Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, Dublin, Ireland, 9.
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (Impact Factor: 5.94). 03/2014; 3(3):CD007575. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007575.pub3
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ABSTRACT Nausea, retching or dry heaving, and vomiting in early pregnancy are very common and can be very distressing for women. Many treatments are available to women with "morning sickness", including drugs and complementary and alternative therapies. This review aimed to examine if these treatments have been found to be effective and safe because of the concern that taking medications may adversely affect the development of the fetus. This review found a lack of high-quality evidence to back up any advice on which interventions to use. We examined 27 randomised controlled trials which included 4041 women in early pregnancy. These studies examined the effectiveness of many treatments including acupressure to the acupuncture point on the wrist (P6), acustimulation, acupuncture, ginger, vitamin B6 and several conventional drugs that are used to reduce nausea or vomiting. Some studies showed a benefit in improving nausea and vomiting symptoms for women, but generally effects were inconsistent and limited. Studies were carried out in a way that meant they were at high risk of bias, and therefore, it was difficult to draw firm conclusions. Most studies had different ways of measuring the symptoms of nausea and vomiting and therefore, we could not look at these findings together. Few studies reported maternal and fetal adverse outcomes and there was very little information on the effectiveness of treatments for improving women's quality of life.

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    ABSTRACT: Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is common and often undertreated, in part due to fears of adverse effects of medications on the fetus during early pregnancy. In April 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved doxylamine succinate 10 mg and pyridoxine hydrochloride (a vitamin B6 analog) 10 mg as a delayed-release combination pill called Diclegis for the treatment of NVP. Diclegis is currently the only medication that is FDA-approved for the indication of NVP. This review addresses the historical context, safety, efficacy, pharmacology, and practical role of doxylamine and pyridoxine for the management of NVP. The reintroduction of this doxylamine-pyridoxine combination pill into the American market fills a therapeutic gap in the management of NVP left by the removal of the same active drugs marketed over 30 years ago in the form of Bendectin. The substantial amount of safety data accumulated over the years makes it one of the few drugs that qualify for FDA Pregnancy Category A status. In the hierarchical approach to pharmacological treatment of NVP, the combination of doxylamine and pyridoxine should thus be first-tier.
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    • "Literature indicate that the exact cause and treatment of NVP is still unclear [2,6,17,34-37]. Mothers and health practitioners often investigate alternative options to alleviate symptoms of NVP, due to the possible harmful side effects that conventional medicine may pose to the unborn fetus. In this regard, ginger is considered by many as a possible non-pharmacological treatment option for NVP. "
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    • "Ginger was not only used for nausea but for cold and flu’s, perhaps due to its diaphoretic properties [29], health promotion and gastrointestinal disorders. A literature review the effect of ginger on nausea and vomiting in pregnancy found that ginger maybe helpful; however, the study results were inconsistent [30]. The results of a large cohort study with 1,020 exposed pregnancies demonstrated that there was no increase in congenital malformations or poor pregnancy outcomes after the use of ginger during pregnancy [31]. "
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