Which medications in the drug class Tocolytics are used in the treatment of Abruptio Placentae?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Shad H Deering, MD; Chief Editor: Carl V Smith, MD  more...
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Tocolytics may allow for the effective administration of glucocorticoids to the preterm fetus to accelerate fetal lung maturation. In chronic abruption, these drugs may also help to delay delivery to a gestational age when complications of prematurity are less severe.

Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia, Nifediac CC, Nifedical XL)

Nifedipine is a calcium channel blocker. The theory behind its use as a tocolytic is that by blocking an influx of calcium into uterine muscle cells, it will decrease contractions, which are dependent on calcium.

Magnesium sulfate

This is the drug of choice for tocolysis in patients with placental abruption.

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