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Cytotec Labor Inducer
How safe is the use of misoprostol (cytotec) in softening the cervix prior to the induction of labor?
The drug has been: Used extensively throughout the country for years. It is good. 25-50 mcg vaginally or orally every 4 hours is the recommended dose but needs to be done in a hospital. May take more than one dose or may take off with just one, can be difficult to predict. There are risks with anything but following dose recommendations is key. I always give oral dose after delivery to decrease bleeding. Gdluc. ...Read more
Misoporstol (Cytotec ) is a labor inducer is a kind of women's health and pregnancy drug. Misoprostol is a medication that causes the uterus to contract. This can be used to induce labor. It is also used to help a miscarriage pass more quickly. It is either taken by mouth or as tablets placed into the vagina. Misoprostol causes significant cramping and, if it is used to pass a miscarriage, causes vaginal bleeding. This is a normal ...Read more
If i had a bad reaction to pitocin (oxytocin) for inducing labor will I have a similar reaction to cytotec i've been told to take before a dnc for a miscarriage ?
Is dangerous to use CYTOTEC (misoprostol) to induce labor at 41 weeks?, my doc say is not dangerous but i would like a second opinion
Not Dangerous...: Cytotec is used frequently to soften the cervix in preparation for labor induction with Pitocin (oxytocin). When used correctly with monitoring in the hospital it is very safe and effective. It would not be safe to use at home where there is no monitoring etc. Most of the time it doesn't actually cause full blown labor but some women, especially if they have had other deliveries will go into labor. ...Read more
Not safe: If you have had a prior c-section and wish to have a tolac (trial of labor after c-section), then you cannot use pitocin, (oxytocin) Cytotec or other agents to induce labor. They increase the risk of 'uterine rupture'. This should be discussed with your OB with consideration of the reasons for the prior c-section. ...Read more
Two indications.: The drug's two main indications include stomach prophylaxis for those taking nsaids (aspirin-like antiinflammatories) and labor induction as a uterine stimulant (off-label, widely accepted practice). Is is a form of inflammatory hormone that has topical and remote effects on various tissues. ...Read more
Misoprostol: Misoprostol alone is not an abortion pill and in fact it's used as a drug to prevent/treat stomach ulcers. It just so happens that Misoprostol can also initiate uterine contractions, but contractions alone are not enough to cause an abortion. Mifepristone is a drug used in conjunction with Misoprostol that causes the separation of the pregnancy. Misoprostol is used as a drug for completion. ...Read more