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What are the long-term health effects on the mother and child after taking shots of terbutaline 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually Not: Terbutaline can make you feel shaky & jittery. We used to titrate or adjust the dose by checking the patient's heart rate. It rarely causes complications but is now only used for short term treatment. It's not recommended if there any heart problems or conditions that can be worsened with an increased heart rate. Most obs are using this med less than before. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was wondering what are the effects on a mother and baby when treated for preterm labor with terbutaline?
My doctor prescribed terbutaline for my "comfort" i was not in preterm labor. I never dilated nor had any effacement. Why?
Not in labor: You likely didn't dilate because you weren't in preterm labor. There are no medications that will stop true preterm labor; the best we can do is slow things down to allow benefit of steroids to improve lung maturity. Current guidelines recommend against the use of medications beyond 48 hours for slowing contractions, there is no demonstrated benefit that justifies the risks of these medications. ...Read more