Dr finds treatment for morning sickness


ARE NEEDED — BUT RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THE COMPOUND MAY ALSO BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST OTHER BLOOD CANCERS. JUST LAST WEEK — THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, KATE MIDDLETON RECEIVED TREATMENT FOR SEVERE MORNING SICKNESS. IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT TO TREAT – BUT A DOCTOR IN BUFFALO HAS BEEN TESTING A DRUG THAT SEEMS TO WORK. NEWS 4 MEDICAL EXPERT DOCTOR PETER OSTROW HAS THE DETAILS. EVEN AFTER HOSPITALIZATION, SEVERE MORNING SICKNESS CAN RETURN AND THREATEN A PREGNANCY. BUT MAYBE IT CAN BE CURED – BY A DRUG THAT’S BEEN USED FOR TWENTY YEARS TO TREAT OTHER CONDITIONS. ((I GOT THIS GREAT NEWS THAT I WAS EXPECTING)) JANEEN LEWIS WAS EXCITED ABOUT HAVING A BABY. LIKE MANY WOMEN, SHE DEVELOPED MILD SYMPTOMS OF MORNING SICKNESS, BUT IT BECAME MUCH WORSE. ((I STARTED TO LOSE WEIGHT; I HAD TO BE HOSPITALIZED FOR A SHORT DURATION OF TIME TO BE REHYDRATED)) THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO KATE MIDDLETON – IT HAPPENS IN ONLY ABOUT ONE IN A HUNDRED PREGNANCIES. BUT JANEEN’S CONDITION KEPT GETTING WORSE. ((I FELT SO DESPERATE AND I WAS SO SICK AND I WAS TO THE POINT WHERE I DID NOT KNOW IF I COULD ACTUALLY CARRY THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY.)) THAT’S TYPICAL. ((THE WOMEN ARE VERY VERY SICK AND THEY’RE VERY SCARED, BECAUSE THEY’RE PREGNANT, AND THEY’RE SCARED ABOUT HOW THIS IS AFFECTING THE HEALTH OF THEIR BABY, AND THEY’RE VERY FRUSTRATED BECAUSE NONE OF THE TREATMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN TRIED ARE WORKING.)) DR. GUTTUSO IS A NEUROLOGIST – HE’D BEEN TESTING GABAPENTIN, A COMMONLY USED DRUG IN NEUROLOGY, AND FOUND IT COULD ALSO RELIEVE NAUSEA AND VOMITING THAT WOMEN WERE EXPERIENCING WITH CHEMOTHERAPY. ((I THOUGHT THIS OTHER PATIENT POPULATION – PREGNANT WOMEN WHO HAD THE SEVERE FORM OF NAUSEA AND VOMITING OF PREGNANCY – MAYBE THEY WOULD ALSO BENEFIT FROM IT)) IT WORKED; JANEEN’S RELIEF WAS ALMOST IMMEDIATE. IT’S BEEN TRIED ON 11 WOMEN AND HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL. ((SOMETIMES IT WAS JUST A FEW HOURS AFTER THEIR FIRST PILL, FOR SOME IT TOOK A DAY OR TWO BEFORE THEY REALLY HADE MORE SUBSTANTIAL BENEFIT.)) JANEEN HAD A HEALTHY BABY GIRL WHO WILL BE A YEAR OLD NEXT MONTH. ((ABSOLUTELY NO SIDE EFFECTS – FOR ME OR MY BABY. THAT WAS AWESOME)) THIS IS VERY PROMISING, BUT IT NEEDS TO BE TESTED IN MANY MORE WOMEN TO BE CERTAIN THAT IT’S EFFECTIVE AND SAFE. DR. GUTTUSO IS PLANNING A CLINICAL TRIAL. HE’S HOPING TO OBTAIN FUNDING FROM N.I.H.AND BEGIN IN ABOUT A YEAR. BUT WHAT ABOUT NOW? IS THE TREATMENT AVAILABLE? GABAPENTIN IS ALREADY APPROVED FOR OTHER USES, SO A DOCTOR CAN PRESCRIBE IT. A WOMAN WITH SEVERE MORNING SICKNESS CAN TALK TO HER OBSTETRICIAN ABOUT IT AND

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