Journal article

Combination of tocolytic agents for inhibiting preterm labour

Joshua P Vogel, Juan Manuel Nardin, Therese Dowswell, Helen M West, Olufemi T Oladapo

COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Preterm birth represents the single largest cause of mortality and morbidity for newborns and a major cause of morbidity for pregnant women. Tocolytic agents include a wide range of drugs that can inhibit labour to prolong pregnancy. This may gain time to allow the fetus to mature further before being born, permit antenatal corticosteroid administration for lung maturation, and allow time for intra-uterine transfer to a hospital with neonatal intensive care facilities. However, some tocolytic drugs are associated with severe side effects. Combinations of tocolytic drugs may be more effective over single tocolytic agents or no intervention, without adversely affecting the mother o..

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