Cytotec (or misoprostol) is a prescription drug that’s used for certain stomach problems such as gastric ulcers. But because one of its side effects is severe cramps or contractions of the uterus, health care providers soon found that it induces labor so effectively that a birth was guaranteed within twelve hours of administration. But it’s not a win/win situation. While the provider does get home in plenty of time for dinner, the mom is subjected to a very intense, ongoing labor with contractions occurring one on top of the other until her baby is born.
And then there’s the warning label—a very clear, very adamant, and very serious caution that Searle (the manufacturer) puts on every bottle of Cytotec. It warns against the administration of Cytotec to pregnant women because it can cause abortion, premature birth, birth defects, maternal death, or uterine rupture (just to name a few potential problems). Searle even followed this up with a detailed warning letter that they sent to all health care providers in the United States (see above link). It is also important to know that as this book goes to press, Cytotec has not been approved by the FDA for the use of inducing or augmenting labor.
on Apr. 21, 2007 at 7:44 PM