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Which medications stop labor from progressing?

Which medications stop labor from progressing?

None: Despite the fact that many obstetricians use medications like terbutaline, magnesium sulfate, and Nifedipine to prevent early labor from progressing, many studies show that they are not very effective....And, for active labor, there are no known medications, at this time, to stop progression. ...Read more

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What kind of pain medication can you use during labor?

What kind of pain medication can you use during labor?

It depends...: Fentanyl, remifentanyl, nitrous, Demerol are just a fee of the medications given intravenously by the rn's during labor. Self medication during labor is usually discouraged. As far as getting medications in the back (epidural), it is mostly local anesthetics that are not narcotics. ...Read more

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What medications can they give you during labor for anxiety?

What medications can they give you during labor for anxiety?

Ativan: Ativan (lorazepam) is a fairly short-acting benzodiazepine with no metabolites. It can be given IV if needed. If you're very concerned about panic attacks and anxiety, you should be in treatment before labor -- and some of the breathing you do for labor, could be helpful for calming anxiety as well. Having someone you trust there to coach you and be present with you may also help calm anxiety. ...Read more

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I was on procardia for 2 weeks to stop labor. Will the side effects continue?

I was on procardia for 2 weeks to stop labor. Will the side effects continue?

No: Procardia wears off after about 8 hours. There should not be any long term side effects after your stop the medication. ...Read more

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My index finger often locks in place after lots of writing or other labor work. I'll have to stop and bend it back. There's no pain.

My index finger often locks in place after lots of writing or other labor work. I'll have to stop and bend it back. There's no pain.

Finger locking: MariaC, this can be common with overuse of the fingers and localized inflammation of the supporting structures of the finger joints. It is possible this can progress and lead to more difficulty with joint movement requiring medical intervention. You may want to see your medical provider and consider physical therapy or other treatments. ...Read more

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Do most people need pain management medication in labor?

Do most people need pain management medication in labor?

Personal Preference: In theory most do not require it but the vast majority opt for it in some fashion for their comfort level. It is personal preference and is your choice as to which option you chose. ...Read more

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