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

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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Are there bad effects on a mother and baby when treated for preterm labor with terbutaline?

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 more

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I was wondering what are the effects on a mother and baby when treated for preterm labor with terbutaline?

I was wondering what are the effects on a mother and baby when treated for preterm labor with terbutaline?

Rapid heart rate: Mom may experience a rapid heart beat which may cause changes in the baby 's heart rate as well. That is the most common change and is short lived if the medication is not continued. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed terbutaline for my "comfort" i was not in preterm labor. I never dilated nor had any effacement. Why?

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

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What is a "bricanyl turboinhaler"?

Similar to albuterol: It is an inhaler, which contains terbutaline, which belongs to a group of medicines called beta-agonists. It is similar to albuterol. I don't believe the Bricanyl Turbohaler is available in the US. ...Read more

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What do terbutaline sulf tabs do?

Bronchodilator : Terbutaline sulfate is a bronchodilator which is administered subcutaneously. ...Read more

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Terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Yes: Terbutaline can be used to stop contractions, but it is not terribly effective, and has some significant side effects so it is not being used very much anymore. ...Read more

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Is terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Is terbutaline  used to stopped contractions?

Yes: Yes, but it has never been shown to be a very effective medication for this, and it can have significant side effects. ...Read more