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Are there specific harmful effects of tocolytic therapy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Yes

Tocolytics are drugs that are used to stop preterm labor.
Terbutaline when used long-term can cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the mother. Magnesium can cause some muscle weakening in both mother and baby but may have a protective effect on the baby's brain. Indocin (indomethacin) can cause decreased amniotic fluid and premature changes in the blood flow through the baby's lungs.

In brief: Yes

Tocolytics are drugs that are used to stop preterm labor.
Terbutaline when used long-term can cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the mother. Magnesium can cause some muscle weakening in both mother and baby but may have a protective effect on the baby's brain. Indocin (indomethacin) can cause decreased amniotic fluid and premature changes in the blood flow through the baby's lungs.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Just recently, the fda removed its specific approval for the long-term use of terbutaline due to unacceptable side effects, which can include pulmonary fluid overload, cardiac problems, etc.
Other medications are still used to treat pre-term labor, but in many cases, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Prematurity can lead to cerebral palsy, learning and motor developmental delays, etc.

In brief: Yes

Just recently, the fda removed its specific approval for the long-term use of terbutaline due to unacceptable side effects, which can include pulmonary fluid overload, cardiac problems, etc.
Other medications are still used to treat pre-term labor, but in many cases, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Prematurity can lead to cerebral palsy, learning and motor developmental delays, etc.
Dr. David Fein
Dr. David Fein
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