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A study of Nifedipine in the Treatment of Preterm Labor of South Indian Origin


Received On: 11/03/2012
Accepted On: 15/03/2012


Author(s)

Ragunath, M.P., Sasmal, D., Dhanaraj, M.


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Abstract

The first line Treatment of preterm labor at CSI Kalyani hospital Chennai was hydration and bed rest followed by tocolytics, the hospital followed a treatment protocol with nifedipine. A total of 48 patients with singleton pregnancies at a gestational age between 28-36 weeks were selected according to the protocol to receive nifedipine. The meta-analysis showed similarities with respect to the age at preterm labor, a status of gravid, suppression of preterm labor, prolongation of pregnancies, adverse events, neonatal outcomes by apgar scores. The results confirmed that nifedipine is a growing calcium channel blocker as a safe and potential drug in the treatment of preterm labor especially in situations where a woman needs a full course of corticosteroids for fetal lung maturation or transfer to the hospital that can provide neonatal intensive care.


Keywords

Nifedipine, Preterm labor, Tocolytics


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