June 11, 2013

For Severe Morning Sickness

1 Antihistamine Use and Pregnancy Complications

Women who take antihistamines for severe morning sickness are four times more likely to have adverse pregnancy outcomes including low birth weight and premature births, finds a six-year UCLA study. This is the first study to link antihistamine use for the condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) with adverse pregnancy outcomes. HG’s intense symptoms include continuous nausea and vomiting and is the same condition suffered by Kate Middleton at the beginning of her pregnancy. "It was surprising to find the link between antihistamines and adverse outcomes as these are over-the-counter medications that are used commonly by women with HG during pregnancy," says study lead author Marlena Fejzo. HG is diagnosed in 0.2 to 2 percent of pregnant women.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Kate Middleton Hospitalized with Vomiting

Tags: Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Kate Middleton, Low Birth Weight, Pregnancy Complications, Premature Birth Risk Factors, UCLA, Pregnancy and Antihistamines, Marlena Fejzo

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Qsymia to COme in September

2 Belviq Weight-Loss Drug Finally Available

Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) weight-loss prescription drug is now available to some patients with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30, or a BMI of 27 with a weight-related medical condition like hypertension. It has been almost one year since the FDA approved Belviq, but its availability to patients has been delayed because the FDA wanted to review the drug. The FDA has noted that Belviq, made by Arena Pharmaceuticals, should be used in "addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise." Another weight-loss drug, Qsymia, will be available in September. Research trials have shown that the weight loss achieved by Belviq or Qsymia is modest.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA Approves Belviq for Obesity

Tags: Belviq, Lorcaserin Hydrochloride, Weight Loss Drugs, Belviq Now Available

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