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Dr. Allen Fischer
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Nifedipine (Definition)

Nifedipine is a common calcium channel blocker that is used commonly as an antihypertensvie. It has many uses in cardiology and is even used in pregnancy as a tocolytic (to reduce preterm contractions). ...Read more


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Nifedipine for preterm labor risks?

Nifedipine for preterm labor risks?

Much safer: Nifedipine (brand name: procardia) is a much safer class of medication for premature labor than it's predecessors, such as terbutaline or ritodrine, which could cause fast heartbeat, high blood sugars, and even pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with taking Nifedipine for preterm labor?

What are the risks associated with taking Nifedipine for preterm labor?

Risk vs reward: nifedipine has been shown in small trials to be useful as a tocolytic (stop uterine contractions and thus labor) and is used when traditinal medications fail. the side effects can range from mild dizzyness to hypotension and near fainting. It can also cause swelling , constipation,headaches, and reflex tachycardia(fast heart rates). as always discuss options with your doctor . ...Read more

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Nifedipine for preterm labor, how to talk to my doc about the risks?

Nifedipine for preterm labor, how to talk to my doc about the risks?

What's the question?: not quite certain what you are asking. Side effects of nifedipine include low blood pressure causing dizziness; flushing; headaches; palpitations. It's a fairly effective treatment for that, in fact my daughter just had to take for the same condition. Not sure what you mean about talking with the doctor about it... Good luck, hope all goes well. Birth is an amazing miracle! ...Read more

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36 weeks pregnant, just took my last procardia (nifedipine) for preterm labor. When will i go into labor?

36 weeks pregnant, just took my last procardia (nifedipine) for preterm labor. When will i go into labor?

At sometime: You will not immediately go into labor. Most likely, you will deliver near your due date unless you are already more than 4cm dilated. Pericardial though often given, does little to stop early labor if it is "real". I wish i had more room to explain. ...Read more

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What happens if i go into preterm labor?

What happens if i go into preterm labor?

Depends: If you act quickly and do not rupture your membranes, the doc can stop your labor with meds and give baby more time to develop. If you do nothing, you will go into labor early and likely end up with a baby in intensive care. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of preterm labor you notice first?

What are the symptoms of preterm labor you notice first?

Cramping/Contrations: Cramping and contractions are common. Tightening of the abdomen can also be noted. Rhythmic back pain, pevlic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, spotting or bleeding, or large gush of fluid can also be a sign. In any case where there is concern, the pregnant woman should seek immediate care with her OB provider or at an OB facility. ...Read more

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I don't understand why I went into preterm labor? What are the causes?

Largely unknown...: Pretem labor is a blanket/umbrella diagnosis for a wide spectrum of conditions that result in fetal stress and uterine contractions. Such conditions include: infections, poor growth, placental failure, bleeding, too much amniotic fluid, multifetal pregnancies, trauma, fetal anomalies causing hydrops or heary failure, etc. Most of the time there is no diagnosis and preterm labor is "idiopathic". ...Read more

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How do doctors stop preterm labor?

How do doctors stop preterm labor?

Medications : There are several medications that can be used for this. Iv fluid hydration can be helpful. Sedation and pain medications are sometimes used. Bed rest is sometimes recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. John Holden
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Early Onset Of Labor (Definition)

Early onset of labor is a clinical finding in which the birth process begins before the ...Read more


Dr. Guy VanDell
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Preterm Labor (Definition)

Preterm labor is a condition where the baby's delivery, or labor, begins before ...Read more