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Tocolytics are medicines that are used to slow or stop the
contractions of a woman's uterus during pregnancy. They are typically given to
women who are in preterm labor to try to delay birth for 1 to 2 days.
may be needed for a variety of medical reasons, such as:
Examples of tocolytics include terbutaline,
magnesium sulfate, nifedipine, and indomethacin.
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
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