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The Dangers of Cytotec

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In modern day Obstetrics, we are seeing a drug by the name of cytotec, also known as Misoprostol which is a commonly used ulcer drug, with a label that warns the drug is not to be used on pregnant women.  As you can see to the left, the label shows a pregnant woman, in a circle with a large red line through it. If that doesn’t show it is not meant to be used on pregnant women, I don’t know what else they would have to put on it to show this.

But why is this drug being used?  While some hospitals have banned the drug, others are still openly allowing woman’s labors to be induced using this drug. Including hospitals right here in the state of Connecticut.  During the past few years, while the controversy over cytotec continues to brew, several news sources have started to question the use of the drug in pregnant women, including WSMV out of Tennessee which aired a story including three women, all who have lawsuits centered around the use of cytotec to induce labor.

Former head of Women & Children’s health at the World Health Organization Marsden Wagner spoke about Cytotec in the recent birth documentary The Business of Being Born by Ricki Lake :

This clip not only shows the type of trial and error mentality regarding birth today, but it also shows the history of where this same mentality, and dangerous behavior has landed mothers, and babies.

Cytotec can cause complications such as :

  • uterine rupture (even in women without previous cesarean sections)
  • postpartum hemorrhage
  • fetal distress
  • amniotic embolism
  • fetal death

All associated with hyper-stimulation of the uterus which is what cytotec causes.

Danielle Elwood