Smart Woman: Good News for Women Suffering from Morning Sickness

    More than half of all pregnant women deal with morning sickness. For some, it gets so bad that medication is necessary. Now there's new research on a popular drug used to treat the condition.

    Some women have a hard time dealing with morning sickness. New research in the New England Journal of Medicine is reassuring many women who need to take the drug Ondansetron, also called Zofran. A study of more than 600,000 women in Denmark finds no link between taking the drug during pregnancy and an increased risk of stillbirth, preterm birth, birth defects or having a small baby.

    The drug is usually prescribed to help ease nausea and vomiting for cancer patients, but doctors also recommend it for pregnant women when necessary.

    "There is a role for it, I don't think it should always be the first line of therapy, it should be the last," says Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan. He advises his patients to first try to change their diet, supplement with Vitamin B-6 and even try antihistamines.


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