Thursday, November 08, 2007

Cytotec

As a labor and delivery nurse, I love to read books written by those who work in the maternity field. I just finished Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First. Talk about an eye opener.

His first order of business is addressing the use of Cytotec, a drug that is often given to induce labor, and it's occasionally given after delivery to control postpartum bleeding. Doctors I've worked with swear by the stuff. A few nurses call it "Cyto-blast" because when it works, it can work quickly. Great, right? What mother doesn't want to have a fast induction?

The kicker is that the drug has not been approved by the FDA. "No company has sent the FDA scientific evidence to show that Cytotec is safe and effective for these uses". "These uses" being induction and controlling bleeding. The FDA and Born in the USA mention the risks associated with using this drug. There are no proven benefits discussed.

Sort of gives me the willies.

If you're in the reproductive years of life, check out the FDA site, this book, and then ask questions. You and your baby have every right to know!

1 comment:

David and Joy said...

do you have this book? I find this fascinating as well. In Phoenix, our docs never used cytotec unless it was an IUFD. They only used Cervadil where they could yank it if hyperstim occurred