|Posted on June 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM|
This is the second post in the series that looks at the small print on the drug information sheet for consumers. In our first post, we looked at the details of drugs used in epidurals. Here is the fine print for the drugs used by hospital practitioners to induce labor. This may be offered for a variety of reasons.
Whenever a drug or procedure is offered, we encourage our students to look at the benefits and the risks. There are circumstances where the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. It is up to each family to individually decide what works best for them and their baby. In the spirit of informed consent, here is the fine print and FDA Pregnancy Category for Cervadil (Brand Name for a form of Dinoprostone), Dinoprostone, Cytotec (Misoprostol) and Pitocin.
To be clear – we are not anti-care provider or anti-drug. We are grateful for modern medicine that saves lives in circumstances when Mother Nature needs help. It exists for a reason, and we are thankful for the opportunity to meet all the Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies when we hold a class reunion.
Please read and consider this information as you prepare for the birth of your baby. I included the link to find the complete drug label on-line. As with last week, everything is in direct quotes because the information is pulled from the drug information made available by the Federal Drug Administration (USA).
CERVADIL: Pregnancy Category C
DINOPROSTONE: Pregnancy Category C
CYTOTEC/MISOPROSTOL: Pregnancy Category X
As you can see from the insert information and the pregnancy categories assigned by the FDA, these are not inherently safe just because they are commonly used. Any parent who is being asked to use these should do so after careful consideration of the risks and the benefits. You can use this series of questions to help you determine if the benefits outweigh the risks:
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