Induction Drugs

Cytotec

  • not FDA approved for inducing labor
  • can cause complications
  • can cause death of mother and child
  • can cause uterine rupture
  • Hasn’t been approved by the drug manufacturer for inducing labor
  • no scientific evidence showing it’s safe for inducing labor
  • higher risk of uterine rupture
  • approved by the FDA for stomach ulcers
  • cost less than other induction drugs

Pitocin

  • risk of overly rapid uterine contractions
  • can cause insufficient oxygen to the baby
  • canĀ  cause the baby to be brain damage
  • can cause uterine rupture
  • can cause death to mother and child
  • 37% increased risk of postpartum depression 1
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Kroll-Desrosiers AR, Nephew BC, Babb JA, Guilarte-Walker Y, Moore Simas TA, Deligiannidis KM. Association of peripartum synthetic oxytocin administration and depressive and anxiety disorders within the first postpartum year. Depress Anxiety. 2017;34(2):137-146. doi: 10.1002/da.22599
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