Dosing & Uses
Dosage Forms & Strengths
- 10mg/10mg (Diclegis)
- 20mg/20mg (Bonjesta)
- Tablets consist of an enteric-coated core containing 10 mg doxylamine and 10 mg pyridoxine for extended-release, and an immediate-release coating of 10 mg doxylamine and 10 mg pyridoxine
Nausea & Vomiting of Pregnancy
Indicated for the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy in women who do not respond to conservative management
- 2 delayed-release tablets PO on a daily basis at bedtime
- If symptoms not adequately controlled, increase dose to 4 tablets each day (1 tab in AM, 1 tab mid-afternoon, and 2 tabs at bedtime)
- Day 1: Take 1 extended-release tablet PO at bedtime
- If this dose adequately controls symptoms the next day, continue taking 1 tablet daily at bedtime only
- If symptoms persist on Day 2, increase the daily dose to 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet at bedtime
- Not to exceed 2 tablets/day (ie, 1 tab in the morning and 1 tab at bedtime)
Not studied in women with hyperemesis gravidarum
<18 years: Safety and efficacy not established
Serious - Use Alternative
Significant - Monitor Closely
Cardiac disorders: Dyspnea, palpitation, tachycardia
Ear and labyrinth disorders: Vertigo
Eye disorders: Vision blurred, visual disturbances
Gastrointestinal disorders: Abdominal distension, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea
General disorders and administration site conditions: Chest discomfort, fatigue, irritability, malaise
Immune system disorders: Hypersensitivity
Nervous system disorders: Dizziness, headache, migraines, paresthesia, psychomotor hyperactivity
Psychiatric disorders: Anxiety, disorientation, insomnia, nightmares
Renal and urinary disorders: Dysuria, urinary retention
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Hyperhidrosis, pruritus, rash, rash maculopapular
MAO inhibitors intensify and prolong doxylamine’s adverse effects (ie, anticholinergic, CNS)
Coadministration with alcohol and other CNS depressants may cause additive sedation and is not recommended; combination may cause severe drowsiness leading to falls or accidents
Somnolence due to anticholinergic effects is common; avoid activities requiring mental alertness
Anticholinergic effects may exacerbate conditions such as asthma, increased intraocular pressure, narrow angle glaucoma, stenosing peptic ulcer, pyloroduodenal obstruction, and urinary bladder-neck obstruction
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: A
Lactation: Do not breast feed; doxylamine molecular weight is low enough to distribute into human breast milk
Excitement, irritability, and sedation reported in nursing infants presumably exposed to doxylamine through breast milk; infants with apnea or other respiratory syndromes may be particularly vulnerable to the sedative effects resulting in worsening of apnea or respiratory conditions
Pyridoxine is excreted in breast milk; there have been no reports of adverse effects in infants
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Mechanism of Action
Mechanism of action for efficacy for morning sickness is unknown
Doxylamine: Ethanolamine derivative antihistamine
Pyridoxine: Vitamin B6 analog
Peak plasma time: 7.8 hr (doxylamine); 5.6 hr (pyridoxine)
Peak plasma concentration: 168.6 ng/mL (doxylamine); 46.1 ng/mL (pyridoxine)
AUC: 3721 ng•hr/mL (doxylamine); 64.5 ng•hr/mL (pyridoxine)
Protein bound: Pyridoxine is highly protein bound (primarily to albumin); main active metabolite (PLP) accounts for at least 60% of circulating vitamin B6 concentrations
Doxylamine is biotransformed in the liver by N-dealkylation to its principle metabolites N-desmethyldoxylamine and N, N-didesmethyldoxylamine
Pyridoxine is a prodrug primarily metabolized in the liver to pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (PLP), pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxamine 5’-phosphate
Half-life: 12.5 hr (doxylamine); 0.5 hr (pyridoxine)
Excretion: Principle metabolites of doxylamine excreted in urine
Take on empty stomach with water; food further delays onset of action and lowers peak levels
Swallow tablet whole, do not chew, crush, or split
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