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Off-label drugs in labor may produce catastrophic results

Pregnancy is a difficult and exhausting time. Your body is actively making another human. You're probably doing everything you can to protect your own health and help build a strong foundation of health for your unborn baby. You may take prenatal vitamins, practice prenatal yoga, and really focus on your diet during pregnancy.

When your labor starts, you want to believe your doctor will put your health and well-being first. In some cases, however, a doctor may prioritize convenience for his or her schedule over your best interests. Occasionally, these decisions can have horrifying results for moms.

In birthing practices where doctors over-intervene, one of the common ways that doctors speed up labor is by administering a drug to help soften and dilate the cervix. Cytotec or misoprostol is the drug commonly used for that purpose. Unfortunately, the FDA has not approved this drug for use in labor. It is only approved for ulcer treatments.

In rare cases during labor, Cytotec can cause dire complications in otherwise health mothers and infants. If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to an off-label use of Cytotec during labor, you should speak with a medical malpractice attorney right away.

Cytotec is an ulcer drug, not a labor drug

There are many medications and procedures generally considered safe for use during labor. There are drugs to speed up contractions and drugs to reduce muscle tension and pain. Cytotec is not a drug with FDA approval for pregnant women. The reason is simple: In rare cares, Cytotec can cause tearing or rupture of the uterus. This result in a hysterectomy, preventing the mother from carrying another child. It can cause fatal hemorrhaging that can claim the life of the infant, the mother or both. Your doctor knew that Cytotec wasn't approved for labor, and he or she chose to put you or your loved one at risk.

When a doctor makes a decision for her or his own convenience that endangers a life or costs someone her future fertility, that doctor has failed the patient and violated the Hippocratic oath. Cytotec injuries can cause major issues, from death and medical problems to emotional issues as a result of lost fertility.

If you or a loved one was administered Cytotec during labor and suffered complications, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Cytotec injuries, like many birth injuries, are preventable if a doctor adheres to best practices.

An attorney can help after medical malpractice affects your life

Medical malpractice can irrevocably alter the course of your life. That includes situations were off-label use of a drug caused severe injury, loss of reproductive ability, or the death of a mother or child. When your family is dealing with this kind of betrayal, working with an experienced medical malpractice attorney is often your best option. Your attorney can protect your interested and ensure the doctor responsible will be held accountable.

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