Dinoprostone

Dinoprostone is used to prepare the cervix for the induction of labor in pregnant women who are at or near term. Can cause uterine contractions and flushing of the skin.

Dinoprostone Overview

Reviewed: September 16, 2013
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Dinoprostone is a prescription medication used to soften and dilate the cervix (known medically as cervical ripening) for the induction of labor in pregnant women who are at or near term. This medication is a synthetic version of prostaglandin E2, a naturally occuring hormone important for preparing the cervix during labor.

Dinoprostone comes as a vaginal insert, suppository, and as a gel that is inserted into the vagina. It is administered by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects include strong uterine contractions, headache, and nausea.

 

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Uses of Dinoprostone

Dinoprostone is a prescription medication used to soften and dilate the cervix (known medically as cervical ripening) for the induction of labor in pregnant women who are at or near term.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Dinoprostone Brand Names

Dinoprostone may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Dinoprostone Drug Class

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Side Effects of Dinoprostone

Dinoprostone is well tolerated by most patients, but side effects can occur including strong or frequent uterine contractions. In addition, dinoprostone can cause headache, nausea, vomiting, and back pain.

Other side effects may occur. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Dinoprostone FDA Warning

Dinoprostone, as with other potent oxytocic agents, should be used only with strict adherence to recommended dosages. Dinoprostone should be used by medically trained personnel in a hospital which can provide immediate intensive care and acute surgical facilities.