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Preterm Labor Procardia
On procardia (nifedipine) for preterm labor since 30 weeks. Now 36w & 3 days- dr told me to stop taking it. When should I expect labor after stopping the procardia (nifedipine)?
Varries: Could be days or you may go to or past your due date, only time will tell. ...Read more
Is it safe to be on procardia (nifedipine) and vistril multiple times a day for multiple weeks to prevent preterm labor? Started having contractions at 30wks.
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
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
36 weeks pregnant, just took my last procardia (nifedipine) for preterm labor. When will i go into labor?
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer