Cytotec (misoprostol) a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of ulcers, has also been utilized for a variety of off-label uses including inducing labor. The drug has been linked to the following side effects: infantile jaundice, fetal distress secondary to uterine hyper-stimulation, fluid overload and electrolyte imbalance from IV use, increased post-partum blood loss, amniotic fluid embolism, uterine rupture and a significantly increased risk of surgical or instrumental delivery.

In some cases, patients have died from these side effects.

As the increased use of Cytotec as a labor inducing drug was noted, the manufacturer, Searle, has stated that Cytotec "is not approved for the induction of labor or abortion." Searle has never even applied for FDA approval for Cytotec as a labor inducing medication, nor has the company conducted any clinical trials to study the medication for such utilization.

The fact is Cytotec is often used by health professionals to induce labor because it is significantly less expensive than other FDA medications approved specifically for this purpose, despite these known and serious side effects.

Delivering mothers seldom die as a result of uterine ruptures, but the babies being delivered often do. Adding further insult to injury, most Obstetricians react to a uterine rupture by performing a complete hysterectomy, thereby eliminating the possibility of bearing future children.

If you or a loved one experienced significant health issues and side effects similar to those noted above during the delivery of a child during an induced pregnancy, or lost a child during labor induced by medication - please click on the link below.

Please note that unless you know exactly what medication was utilized to induce labor, you do not know if the problematic delivery was related to the use of Cytotec. Clearly, most medical professionals would not make a point of telling a patient, or a patient's family that the drug being used to induce a labor was in fact an ulcer medication being used in an off label procedure to save money. You would be even less likely to be informed of Cytotec use if serious side effects, surgery and death were the result of the use of an off label medication. Especially if one with known serious side effects like Cytotec was utilized to simply help the improve institution's "bottom line." Especially if it happened after the manufacturer publicly declared it unsafe for such use. If you do not know exactly what medication was used to induce labor, and these kinds of serious side effects occurred, please complete the form below.

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Cytotec: Used by Doctors Off-Label to Induce Labor
Tammey Dickerson is a Registered Nurse who works in the delivery room. Although she has never personally used Cytotec, she has seen it administered by doctors for off-label use in order to induce labor. Dickerson says that she has seen Cytotec cause uterine rupture, placental abruption, and "violent, rapid labors with poor fetal heart tracing," when used to induce labor. Unfortunately, she also says that doctors will not admit that they have used the drug, or that it can cause such serious problems for mothers and their babies.

Cytotec Legal Help

If your child has suffered from infantile jaundice or fetal distress, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill in our form on the right and your story will be sent to a lawyer who will review your claim at no charge or obligation.

Last updated April 15 2007

Reader Comments

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On 7/14/1998 I was administered cytotec via vagina. The contractions were more painful than in my first two children. I was given an epidural to less the painful contractions.
On 7/15/1998 Dr. Lymon Rust in Handford California delivered my daughter.
Shortly after I started to hemorrhage. I loss over half my blood volume, before the hospital nurses call Dr. Lymon Rust. I went in DIC so my uterus was removed to stop the blood loss. Leaving me unable to safely carry my children in a uterus.
I was placed in ICU for a week because I had so much that I loss my ability to clot my blood. A hemotogist was called from Porterville California to figure out how to get my blood to clot again. I was told O would die if my blood would not clot because the blood that was being administered was coming back out in the J-Pratt drain.
I wanted more children when I was young but that was taken from me because cytotec was placed on my cervixs to ripen it earlier than my due date.
According to the pathology report I was bleeding from my cervixs where the cytotec was placed by my obstetrician.
21 years later I have an eptopic pregnancy because my cervical cuff was not closed after the hysterectomy, because the hysterectomy was done in a hurry to stop the hemorrhaging caused by cytotec.

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My daughter died after a doctor said I needed to be induced at 37 weeks. There is extreme negligence involved. The doctor used 3 doses of Cytotec and failed to intervene when I was bleeding and there were severe fetal heart decelerations. It ended up being her blood and they failed to get her out in time, even with the emergency c-section.

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I suspect both myself and my son were harmed by Cytotec but I don’t know what to do

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I was given Cytotec/Misoprostol for treatment of gastric ulcers.
Within a week or two of taking, I developed an enlarged lymph node/armpit.
It was removed, was benign.
Another developed in the opposite armpit, surgeon did not opt to remove telling me it was also most likely benign.
I then had gastric surgery/Billroth I, leaving half my stomach.
I progressively became more ill & diagnosed with Stage III Non-Hodgkin lymphoma approximately a year later.
After eight rounds of chemo I'm 10 years in remission.
I've had health issues since then, mainly osteoarthritis & food allergies.
Would Cytotec have caused my cancer & health issues?

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I almost died from the uterine rupture. I had severe blood loss and had to have an emergency hysterectomy. I spent a week in ICU and now I cannot have any more children.

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My son had a low body temp., now my son who is two is having some problems, he will be diagnosed shortly, could this be from cytotec?

I saw back in 2004 on the news that pregnant women should not be given cytotec. When I asked my midwife she stated that cytotec is what is used if I didn't want it I need to find another physican, and not to worry. Could my son be having problems now because of his stressful birth?

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