We had hoped to keep this site a Kardashian-free zone, and God help us, we’ve tried. However, when Kim Kardashian does something so shallow and stupid that government officials have to step in, we can’t ignore it.
Kardashian incurred the wrath of officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when she posted the picture above on her Instagram account, singing the praises of Diclegis, a prescription drug used to treat morning sickness. “OMG! Have you heard about this?” the woman famous for being famous said. “As you guys know my #morningsickness has been pretty bad….so I talked to my doctor. He prescribed me #Diclegis, I felt a lot better and most importantly, it has been studied and there was no increased risk to the baby.”
Kardashian’s post received nearly half-a-million likes, and over 10,000 responses. However, her post was not a kind gesture or heartfelt recommendation for expectant mothers. Like everything the Kardashians do, Kim was paid by the makers of Diclegis (a company called Duchesnay USA) to promote the drug. That triggered a response from the FDA, because any paid advertising for a drug must list any negative effects. “The social media post is misleading because it presents various efficacy claims for Diclegis, but fails to communicate any risk information,” the DFA said in a statement.
Strangely, the official Diclegis website only lists drowsiness as the major side effect. However, WebMD lists additional, rarer side effects, including dizziness, stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, headache, trouble sleeping, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), trouble breathing, easy bruising/bleeding, fast/irregular heartbeat, and seizures.
The FDA also stated that they will likely require another post to make the dangers of Diclegis clear. That means Kardashian will have to post a warning on Instagram and – Good Lord – not be paid for it!
Perhaps even more disturbing than the side effects of Diclegis is the fact that nearly half-a-million people are getting prenatal medical advice from Kim Kardashian.