Ban Cytotec(MISOPROSTOL) from being used to induce labor!
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Our son has severe cerebral palsy and lung disease from hyper-stimulation caused by the use of Cytotec as an inducer. The FDA has issued a warning for using this drug for this purpose and still does not take action against this use for the drug.
CYTOTEC (MISOPROSTOL) ADMINISTRATION TO WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, ABORTION, OR PREMATURE BIRTH. UTERINE RUPTURE HAS BEEN REPORTED WHEN CYTOTEC WAS ADMINISTERED IN PREGNANT WOMEN TO INDUCE LABOR OR TO INDUCE ABORTION BEYOND THE EIGHTH WEEK OF PREGNANCY (see also PRECAUTIONS and LABOR AND DELIVERY). CYTOTEC SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN BY PREGNANT WOMEN TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ULCERS INDUCED BY NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDs) (see CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, and PRECAUTIONS).
For hospital use only if misoprostol were to be used for cervical ripening, induction of labor, or for the treatment of serious post-partum hemorrhage, which are outside of the approved indication.
Uterine effects: Cytotec has been shown to produce uterine contractions that may endanger pregnancy.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR WOMEN: Cytotec may cause abortion (sometimes incomplete), premature
labor, or birth defects if given to pregnant women.
Cytotec may endanger pregnancy (may cause
abortion) and thereby cause harm to the fetus when administered to a pregnant woman. Cytotec may
produce uterine contractions, uterine bleeding, and expulsion of the products of conception. Abortions
caused by Cytotec may be incomplete. If a woman is or becomes pregnant while taking this drug to
reduce the risk of NSAID induced ulcers, the drug should be discontinued and the patient apprised of the
potential hazard to the fetus.
FDA ALERT – Risks of Use in Labor and Delivery
This Patient Information Sheet is for pregnant women who may receive misoprostol to soften their cervix or induce contractions to begin labor. Misoprostol is sometimes used to decrease blood loss after delivery of a baby. These uses are not approved by the FDA. No company has sent the FDA scientific proof that misoprostol is safe and effective for these uses.
There can be serious side effects, including a torn uterus (womb), when misoprostol is used for labor and delivery. A torn uterus may result in severe bleeding, having the uterus removed (hysterectomy), and death of the mother or baby. These side effects are more likely in women who have had previous uterine surgery, a previous Cesarean delivery (C-section), or several previous births.
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