The “New” Morning Sickness Pill

Michael E. Platt, M.D.

Michael E. Platt, M.D.

Many people probably remember thalidomide which was a popular sleeping pill prescribed for pregnant women starting in the 1940’s because it was touted to help with morning sickness. It was eventually removed from the market after it had resulted in thousands of babies being born with skeletal abnormalities such as only having hands  without arms attached to their shoulders (a condition called focomyelia).

In 1956, a drug was introduced called Bendectin, and again used for morning sickness. It was a combination of two drugs, doxylamine and pyridoxine. Unfortunately, this drug resulted in many, if not more, of the same side effects as thalidomide. It should have been removed by the FDA, but they allowed it to be marketed until it was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer, Merrell Pharmaceuticals, in 1983. It seems that the multiple law suits involved with this drug ate into their profits in a large way.

Two years ago, the FDA, who is supposed to be concerned about patient safety, allowed a Canadian drug company called Duchesnay, to have their drug called Diclegis  approved for treating morning sickness. This drug has exactly the same formula as Bendectin. They got away with re-introducing it because the FDA never took it off the market like they should have.

Not surprisingly, Kim Kardashian was brought in to market this toxic drug. The problem with this multimillion dollar campaign is that she failed to mention the potential side effects, so that the ads featuring Kardashian were pulled for the time being. Frankly, it would appear that considering the history of this drug, doctors prescribing Diclegis is putting themselves on the same level of knowledge displayed by Kim Kardashian.

So what should women do to eliminate morning sickness? Those of you who have followed my blogs realize that my approach to conditions is to treat the underlying cause. Well the underlying cause of morning sickness during the first trimester is always estrogen. So would it not make sense to block the effects of estrogen? This is achieved with the use of a natural bio-identical progesterone cream – a hormone that not only will eliminate morning sickness, but at the same time is extremely beneficial and healthful to the fetus.

While on the subject of morning sickness, please be aware that there are some women who vomit throughout their entire pregnancy – a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Interestingly, it is only found in women with creative minds. It is caused by excess adrenaline, and creative people have the most adrenaline. This situation is also treated by progesterone, in conjunction with a meal plan to lower adrenaline.

I strongly recommend that women who do have this problem read my latest book called “Adrenaline Dominance”. Not just for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of their offspring who will likely have the same hormonal challenges.

For those women who are looking for a therapeutic strength of progesterone, you can order Platt Pro 5% from my website. It provides 50 mg per pump, the strongest progesterone cream available without a prescription. It can also be found in a number of health food stores under the name Pro Max 5%. My website is:


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