Magnesium Sulfate for Preterm Labor
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Magnesium sulfate is most commonly used for the treatment of Reference preeclampsia Opens New Window during pregnancy. Use of magnesium for the treatment of Reference preterm labor Opens New Window or preeclampsia is an Reference unlabeled use Opens New Window of the medicine.
Magnesium sulfate is sometimes used as a Reference tocolytic medicine Opens New Window to slow uterine contractions during preterm labor. But studies show it does not stop preterm labor and it may cause complications for both mother and baby.Reference 1
Magnesium sulfate is usually given through a vein (Reference intravenously Opens New Window) until contractions have slowed and the mother's Reference cervix Opens New Window has stopped thinning (effacing) or opening (dilating).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 10, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine