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Old 11-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #1
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Cytotec induction?

I'm being induced Monday at 7 am and my midwife is using cytotec pill to get things started. However I just researched it and now I'm a little scared. Has any one had this pill given to them before? I'm reading that it isn't even FDA approved... How can they give it to me? I'm hopin he comes on his own so we don't have to be induced. But I'm wondering anyone's expierence with this drug.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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Re: Cytotec induction?

It's FDA approved, but for something else entirely. It actually has a caution sign on the label "Not for use by pregnant women." I would absolutely refuse cytotec.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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It's FDA approved, but for something else entirely. It actually has a caution sign on the label "Not for use by pregnant women." I would absolutely refuse cytotec.
I just find it very odd they would use it for induction if it isn't safe for pregnant women. Maybe I just have to much faith in the health care system. I am really worried now
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:12 PM   #4
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Re: Cytotec induction?

I got cytotec with my first to ripen my cervix. That was 6 years ago and I think some of the risks werent as readily known. That said it was my best and fastest labor. I got a total of 1/2 pill (they did 1/4 each time) inserted vaginally. Knowing what I know now I don't know if I would agree to it again but it really was not a bad experience at all. I did still have pitocin though, the induction was not only dependent on cytotec. They did 1/4 pill at 9 pm then another 1/4 at about 1 am. It did get me from 1 cm to 3 cm but did not actually cause any noticeable contractions.

There are some scary stories floating around about it and you have to weigh the risk. When I went in for my induction with my 3rd cytotec was discussed and I see a grop of midwives who I trust 1 thousand percent, they felt very strongly that any risk was absolutely minimal if it was administered cautiously. I ended up just starting with pitocin since I was contracting regularly and had been 4-5 cm for several days.
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Re: Cytotec induction?

I was prescribed cytotec to induce my miscarriage when I lost my twins. It starts contractions and I have heard of it being used to induce labor. If you are uncomfortable with it, maybe ask for another med like Pitocin.
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It has a label for pregnant women because it induces labor. Therfore giving it to a woman prior to full term would be risky and almost def cause early delivery. Since you are term that is not a risk. There is a risk of uterine rupture but that risk is possible with pitocin as well. Any induction medicine has risks and somide effects. Cytotec works faster and is cheaper than pitocin and why some providers choose it over pitocin.

All medications have potential side effects. Cytotec does save lives (it can be used for severe bleeding in labor).

Talk with your midwife and ask why she used cytotec over pitocin or foley bulb or prostglandin strips. Ask if you will be taking it orally or vaginally.

What is your bishops score? Are you dilated at all? Is there a risk if you wait longer? How many weeks are you? Is babys health at risk if you dont deliver monday?

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:23 PM   #7
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Re: Cytotec induction?

I'll be 41 weeks on Sunday, I'm 2 cm dilated and 90% effaced. I didn't know anything about this drug so I didn't even ask questions I assumed it was just a normal thing. My midwife wants to induce because she doesn't want him to get to big. I had a non stress test today and it went very well. Personally I think she is just eager to deliver him.
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I'll be 41 weeks on Sunday, I'm 2 cm dilated and 90% effaced. I didn't know anything about this drug so I didn't even ask questions I assumed it was just a normal thing. My midwife wants to induce because she doesn't want him to get to big. I had a non stress test today and it went very well. Personally I think she is just eager to deliver him.
Maybe just tell her you prefer to wait until 42 weeks. If you're already 90% effaced and 2cm, I doubt you'll even make it that long. In all reality I doubt you'd even make it to Monday, but if you don't want to be induced I'd just tell her you want to wait. Growing babies too big for your pelvis is actually a medical condition and it's very rare.
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I'll be 41 weeks on Sunday, I'm 2 cm dilated and 90% effaced. I didn't know anything about this drug so I didn't even ask questions I assumed it was just a normal thing. My midwife wants to induce because she doesn't want him to get to big. I had a non stress test today and it went very well. Personally I think she is just eager to deliver him.
Since you are already a 2, I would personally decline the cytotec and request either the Foley catheter (it dilates the cervix manually to about 3-4cm and then falls out, ouch, but no drugs involved), or go straight into the pitocin. Cytotec is usually only used when the cervix isn't dilated or softened at all.
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I would never consent to a Cytotec induction. Once inserted, if you get contractions that cause decels in baby's heart you can't turn it off. It can also cause contractions that last too long and are too close together and again can't be reversed. The risk it too great for me to ever consent to it.

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