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03/09/2013 at 13:07
I'm 16 weeks tomorrow and still keeping very little food down, maybe one meal a day. Been trying to just muddle through hoping that one day I'll magically wake up and feel better. But its not happening. This morning on my way to work (100 mile trip) I was sick all over myself whilst driving. So I stopped at the services and was sick again (even though I had nothing left).
It tipped me over the edge and I phoned the doctors in tears begging for an appointment. They couldn't see me but they have prescribed me these tablets. I had finally got to the point where I felt I could take them (been putting it off for weeks) but then I've read the leaflet. And it's freaked me out. Now I don't know what to do again. I can't carry on like this but I'm really worried about taking them, even more now I've read the leaflet.
What should I do? :(
03/09/2013 at 13:22
Aw OB, I was exactly the same, also had a long commute and found the whole thing draining.
In the end, I took the tablets, after a hell of a moral battle with myself, on the basis that i'd lost nearly 15% of my body weight which I also, didn't feel was safe. I don't know which pills you have, but I was told "It's not that they are not safe, it's just that there is no evidence to show they are safe" hence they are not deemed suitable for a pregnant woman, but that didn't mean they'd be harmful - what do yours say?
I also should add, they made zero difference to me, I even threw the tablet back up, so after 3 days I stopped taking them.
03/09/2013 at 13:43
Thanks for replying LM. It's nice to know its not just me who struggled with it. I've lost a stone so far. My tablets list a load of problems the baby can have if women take it in their 3rd tri (I think the effects are the same at whatever stage you take it but the baby is in the womb for too long to be able to see the impact when you take it in 1st or 2nd, that's how I feel anyway). They are called Buccastem 3mg buccal tablets, then underneath it says prochlorperazine maleate. You have to put them between your lip and gum and let them dissolve apparently, so you don't sick it up. I'm so conflicted and have no idea what to do for the best.
03/09/2013 at 13:51
If you aren't happy, i'd give them a ring and ask for an alternative to be honest. I really hope they can help - "morning" sickness is the absolute pits! The only cure I found was labour, and even then, I was vomitting on the way into theatre and I lay down after my spinal for my CS!
03/09/2013 at 13:59
I've been on 7 different anti-emetics and they all say they're not safe during pregnancy. There aren't any others; they were all hospital prescribed. The thing is, they have to put that on the label as they've not been tested on human babies. realistically, you've little choice but to take them.
03/09/2013 at 14:01
I don't think any of the alternatives will be any better tbh. I'm going to wait and see what H says about it all, he's more rational than me. I'm a flipping mess!
That really sucks. I don't know how you coped with sickness all the way through.
03/09/2013 at 14:02
Thanks Sange. How come so many different ones? Did any work?
03/09/2013 at 14:05
Nope. Couldn't keep them down. Hence two stays on hospital on a drip. It finally packed in at about 13 weeks, but I'm still quite nauseous during the day.
03/09/2013 at 14:29
Don't read any leaflets with anti- emetics. They all say not to take if pregnant because no drug companies test on pregnant women. However the ones they prescribe have been used for many years safely. I tried the lot. Buccastem is one you dissolve under lip right? Made me feel worse. Cyclazine was ok once I'd been on a drip for 3 days so got myself back to a good position.
In my view not keeping down food or fluids was far more dangerous than the tablets. My ketones were about as high as they get when at my worst. I hope all those suffering soon come out the other side. I've never felt as awful.
03/09/2013 at 15:10
It's grim, workinghard, isn't it? I cannot recall ever feeling so utterly awful. I was crawling from bed to the loo to be sick. I'm ashamed to say that after all we've been through, there were times when I wished I was no longer pregnant. Just so it would stop.
03/09/2013 at 15:22
Yes WH that’s the one they have given me. Told me to give it 2-3 days and if I’m no better they will see me.
At the moment fluids do stay down, and I am very grateful for that.
Sange, I keep saying to H that I feel terrible because I HATE being pregnant and I’ve not enjoyed one minute of this pregnancy.
03/09/2013 at 15:26
You will in time. It's just the feeling that you don't want it, when in fact what you don't want is to feel more wretched than you ever have in your life. I would wonder why you need your H to decide though? It's your body and your responsibility, lovely. x
03/09/2013 at 15:31
Because I can’t decide. I’m too conflicted. If I couldn’t keep down any food or any fluid then there is no question, I’d have gone to get them weeks ago, but it’s not that black and white. Some days I feel like I can struggle through, other days are unbearable.
I guess I feel like I must be being a wimp or over dramatic. But I can’t function anymore on one small meal a day (at best).
03/09/2013 at 15:37
Mate, if you're eating, you can take the tablets. They're your only hope of avoiding hospital admission. Please don't let it get that far.
03/09/2013 at 15:41
Not thought of it like that. It’s true though, I’m definitely getting worse (more sick and weaker) as the weeks roll on.
03/09/2013 at 16:12
Don't let it go on any longer. Take the tablets. *nag*. You're no good to anyone hooked up to a drip. It 'aint funny. x
03/09/2013 at 17:43
Oh OB, I'm so sorry :(
I've had to take prochlorperazine for a long time. It doesn't always help but I hope it will for you.
If it helps, I talked to my consultant about pregnancy and medication and he said in most cases they advise against it simply because they are not tested on pregnant women. All of the tablets I take say not to use during pregnancy but they can be used off-label.
If you are still worried contact your GP but I'm sure they wouldn't prescribe something that could knowingly cause you damage xx
03/09/2013 at 18:13
Thanks Sange x
Flora, lovely to see you over here! Thanks for the info, it does help reassure me a bit. Xx
03/09/2013 at 21:15
There's no point struggling on. Let me tell you, you really don't want to end up in hospital! They wouldn't prescribe them if they felt there was a risk.
As Sange said, it's awful because after losing one I was so grateful to be pregnant but at the same time felt so dreadful I wasn't sure j could bear it
04/09/2013 at 06:32
Exactly what the others have said, don't read the leaflet, take the tablets! I was really worried about taking anything but my gp basically said to me 'you can start the tablets yourself or, the way you're going, you'll be in hospital within a few days feeling even worse and they'll have to give you meds in a drip anyway'. I'm so glad I did, everything has been fine with baby and it was great to feel more normal!
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