In an accompanying editorial, the researchers said their study is a reminder that the decision to use tocolysis shouldn't be taken lightly.
"After 30 years of research, we still do not know whether tocolysis benefits the fetus, so the choice of which drug to use remains a secondary question. The real dilemma is whether or not we should treat at all," they wrote. The long-held belief that "keeping the baby inside longer must be a good thing" needs to be reevaluated, they said.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Are tocolytics safe & effective?
A new study questions the safety of drugs used for pre-term labor, saying some are linked to complications and not always effective: