Another Devil's Advocate.
Three inductions, three epidurals. In fact, with the third, I had the epidural in and going before my water was broken and Pit was started.
I felt pressure with all three to know when I was ready to push. (In fact, I was the one calling in the midwives in all three cases because I could feel the pressure. Not pain, pressure.) I pushed 15 minutes with the first, not at all with the second (she came out on her own with the contractions, which was pretty cool), and two pushes with the third. Got a "skid mark" with the first two, nothing with the third.
All three babies had Apgars of 9 and 10. All three latched on immediately and breastfeeding was established well. I was up and walking within 10 minutes of delivery with all three.
Baby #1 was born at 41 weeks, and I was GBS+ with her. She was a Cervidil/Pit induction, and I was given Ambien after the Cervidil. Three hours of actual labor.
Baby #2 was 39 and some change, and I had gestational diabetes with her. Cytotec (oral)/Pit induction. If I remember correctly, it was only a few hours of actual labor. (I was admitted at 7am, Cytotec a few hours later, Pit MUCH later, baby before midnight.)
Baby #3 was 38 weeks. Pit only, and ARM. Actual labor = 1 hour.
I had no side effects from any of the epidurals.
Not saying it works this way for everyone, just sharing my experiences.