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What type of drug is used to stop labor contractions?
Doctors may try to stop or delay preterm labor by administering a medication called terbutaline (Brethine). Terbutaline is in a class of drugs called betamimetics. They help prevent and slow contractions of the uterus.
How long will terbutaline stop contractions?
The drug can delay labor for up to 48 hours, and since 2011, the FDA has advised that injectable terbutaline should only be used in urgent situations, and that the oral form of the drug should never be used to treat preterm labor due to ineffectiveness and high risk factors.
How long does it take for Cytotec to induce labor?
Ripening agents: Several agents (Cytotec, Cervidil) can be used in the hospital or outpatient to help ready the cervix for labor in women whose cervix is long, closed or “unripe.” These “ripening agents” are easily inserted in the vagina or taken by mouth and work for 4-12 hours.
What does Cytotec do for labor?
What is Cytotec? Cytotec is misoprostol, a medication given in pill form to induce contractions. Traditionally, cytotec is used post-birth to help the uterus continue to contract after the placenta has been delivered and minimize bleeding.
What is the use of terbutaline?
Terbutaline is approved to prevent and treat bronchospasm (narrowing of airways) associated with asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. The drug is sometimes used off-label (an unapproved use) for acute obstetric uses, including treating preterm labor and treating uterine hyperstimulation.
How often is terbutaline given?
Terbutaline comes as a tablet to take by mouth. The tablets are usually taken three times a day, once every six hours. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.
What is the brand name of terbutaline?
Terbutaline, sold under the brand names Bricanyl and Marex among others, is a β2 adrenergic receptor agonist, used as a “reliever” inhaler in the management of asthma symptoms and as a tocolytic (anti-contraction medication) to delay preterm labor for up to 48 hours.
What is the side effect of terbutaline?
Nervousness, shaking (tremor), dizziness, drowsiness or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
What is the price of Cytotec?
About Cytotec The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of generic Cytotec is around $2.26, 76% off the average retail price of $9.69.
Can Cytotec cause contractions?
Cytotec produces uterine contractions as a side effect and, after it was approved by the FDA for a specific medical indication and placed on the market, there were no restrictions preventing physicians or midwives from using Cytotec for any reason, for any patient, or at any dosage.
What is the difference between Pitocin and Cytotec?
Cytotec, also known as Misoprostol, is a drug administered in pill form that is used to treat gastric ulcers. Pitocin is another popular labor-inducing drug (administered intravenously) that is made from a synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone (oxytocin) used to stimulate contractions in pregnant women.
What is the generic name of terbutaline?
Brethaire, Brethine (terbutaline) dosing, indications, interactions, adverse effects, and more.