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nifedipine/procardia to stop contractions?

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December 21st, 2011, 06:31 PM
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So I've been contracting for a while now and am nearly 3cm. The hospital put me on nifedipine (which is the same drug as procardia) to minimize the contractions. They want me to stay on it, 10mg every 6 hours, until 36 weeks. Has anyone had any experience with this? Is it really safe to stay on this medicine for so long, as it can lower your BP??

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December 21st, 2011, 08:45 PM
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I was on it with my last pg and so were a couple other ladies in the August 2011 Playroom. It is safe - it's a med to relax smooth muscles, like the uterus. I was on it for 10 days - from 34-35 weeks. For me it was the last medicine to use since they'd already done terb. earlier in my pg.

I ended up having a c/s at 37w 4d. DD#2 was perfectly healthy. I did have contractions once I was off the procardia, but the contractions didn't have any major effects on my cervix. It changed about 1 cm and 30% in effacement.

I hope this helps. Good luck.
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December 22nd, 2011, 10:34 AM
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No experience here, but just wanted to say I hope you're able to keep your little one cooking a few weeks more!
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