Tocolytic therapy

Starting at: As needed
Frequency: As prescribed by your health care practitioner
Purpose: To slow down or halt contractions and treat preterm labor.

If you start showing signs of preterm labor, your health care practitioner may prescribe tocolytic drugs to slow down or halt your contractions. Common tocolytic agents include magnesium sulfate, terbutaline (administered orally or subcutaneously via a pump), nifedine (Procardia), and indocin.

Members of the PROM list have reported receiving magnesium sulfate and/or terbutaline as early as 17 weeks. Talk with your practitioner about whether or when tocolytic therapy would be appropriate for you.

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