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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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Can too many kegals induce preterm labor?

Probably not but: If you are close to your delivery date, you should concentrate on keeping comfortable and not over-do excercises. If you find the you are sore from the kegels than cut back a bit on their intensity. ...Read more

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Are progesterone shows good for preterm labor?

Yes: In a select group of patients , those with a single fetus, and prior preterm delivery, have benefitted from taking a specific kind of progesterone. ...Read more

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What are the chances of BV leads preterm labor?

What are the chances of BV leads preterm labor?

BV: a study was done in 2000 on the pregnant women with diagnosis of BV, they randomized them into 2 groups, one received treatment for BV and the other group didn't, the outcome was the same in both groups, BV didn't increase the risk of Pre-term labor. ...Read more

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Why are steroids given to women at risk for preterm labor?

Why are steroids given to women at risk for preterm labor?

For baby's lungs: Steroids given to a woman if she is suspected of going into labor prematurely is to help with the development of her baby's lungs, which are among the last organs to develop. By doing so, it can help prevent complications in the baby after delivery and hopefully prevent or shorten NICU stays. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Preterm labor & dilated 3 cm. Can I hold it off for a month?

Possibly: I've seen patients last that long, follow the plan your doctor has given you and hopefully you can. ...Read more

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Why isn't terbutaline approved by the fda for preterm labor?

Side effect profile.: Terbutaline can block the uterine contractions of the final common pathway leading to preterm labor, however it does nothing to address the etiology of preterm contractions and has significant and potentially life-threatening maternal side effects with tachycardia, hyperglycemia and arrhythmias. There is little evidence that terbutaline (a brochodilator by design) is useful for long-term tocolysis. ...Read more

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How long can a UTI have to go untreated before it started preterm labor?

Undetermined: Uti's will not necessarily cause preterm labor although it is certainly a risk factor. Also it could cause contractions without tipping into actual labor, so it is really not possible to answer your question. It is certainly best to treat a UTI as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can cinnoman tea cause preterm labor at 28 weeks if i tested postive for ffn?

No: Cinnamon does not cause preterm labor. A positive ffn means you are at high risk for preterm labor. ...Read more

Dr. Guy VanDell
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Preterm Labor (Definition)

Preterm labor =regular uterine contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy with accompanying cervical changes ...Read more


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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