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FDA warns against certain uses of asthma drug terbutaline for preterm labor

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http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm243840.htm
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that terbutaline administered by injection or through an infusion pump should not be used in pregnant women for prevention or prolonged (beyond 48-72 hours) treatment of preterm labor due to the potential for serious maternal heart problems and death. In addition, oral terbutaline tablets should not be used for prevention or treatment of preterm labor. The FDA is requiring the addition of a Boxed Warning and Contraindication to the drug prescribing information (labeling) to warn against these uses.

I wanted to post this here. I am on a list for other women who survived peripartum cardiomyopathy and quite a few on them received this drug, especially the twin mamas.
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I'm glad you posted this. Six and a half years ago, an L&D nurse tried to administer an injection of terbutaline to me, without my consent, while I was sleeping. I had come in to have contractions monitored. The doc ordered terb without checking my history-- I have a congenital heart condition-- and the nurse thought somehow that not waking me up was the best thing to do.

When I flipped out, and yelled at her not to give it to me, she thought I was afraid of the injection, and starting coochie-cooing me like I was a toddler. eyesroll.gif It is very likely that my life would have been in danger, had I been given the injection.

It's got serious side effects, and it's always concerned me that they use it so carelessly and casually. I've known women who weren't even dilating or effacing, who were sent home on pumps, "just in case."
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