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8 October 2018, 07:46
A morning sickness pill for pregnant women can soon be prescribed in the UK for the first time.
Pregnant women suffering from morning sickness may now be able to be prescribed a pill to cure them of symptoms.
The pill, called Xonvea, is the first of its kind to alleviate symptoms of vomiting and nausea during pregnancy and is taken two to four times a day.
Many British women suffer from morning sickness and for the past few years pregnant women in the USA and Canada have been able to have access to this 'wonder' pill.
Finally doctors in the UK will be able to prescribe the pill as of summer 2019 after testing found it to be 23% more effective than placebo treatments.
Doctors reluctance to introduce the pill in this country stems from the wake of the thalidomide scandal in the 50s as this new drug wasn't tested on pregnant women initially.
It has now undergone trials on pregnant women and bodies such as the British Pregnant Advisory Service are backing the new method of treatment.
The pill has already been used by 30 million women worldwide during the last 40 years.