Pregnant women report being denied medications to treat severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy or hyperemesis gravidarum – findings from an Australian online survey

Han Fang Hsiao, Alicia Thomas, Caitlin Kay-Smith, Luke E. Grzeskowiak

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Abstract

We conducted an online survey of 249 Australian women who currently or previously experienced severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) or hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and examined their experiences in being denied medications during pregnancy. One in four women reported being denied medications for NVP/HG, which most commonly involved doxylamine and encounters with community pharmacists. Women’s experiences reflected that lack of awareness of guidelines and unfavourable risk-benefit assessments appeared to be key barriers to facilitating medication access. Approaches towards identifying and effectively addressing barriers to the provision of effective treatments for severe NVP and HG are urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Early online date13 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2021

Keywords

  • antiemetics
  • Australia
  • community survey
  • hyperemesis gravidarum
  • morning sickness
  • pregnancy

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