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

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Terbutaline

To approve a drug for a specific indication, the drug must be studied for that indication.
The manufacturer of terbutaline would then present the data from the clinical studies to the fda for approval. The fda would then review the data and make a decision to approve or not to approve the drug for that indication. These steps have not occurred, so the drug is not approved.

In brief: Terbutaline

To approve a drug for a specific indication, the drug must be studied for that indication.
The manufacturer of terbutaline would then present the data from the clinical studies to the fda for approval. The fda would then review the data and make a decision to approve or not to approve the drug for that indication. These steps have not occurred, so the drug is not approved.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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