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Oral versus vaginal misoprostol for labor induction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12052597     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare the safety and effectiveness of vaginal with oral misoprostol for induction of labor. METHODS: A total of 107 women with clinical indication for induction were randomly assigned to receive oral or vaginal misoprostol. Doses of 100 microg of oral or 25 microg of vaginal misoprostol were given every 3-4 hours. If cervical ripening or active labor did not occur, repeated doses of oral (100-200 microg) or vaginal (25-50 microg) were given until labor was established. RESULTS: Fifty-nine women received oral misoprostol, and 48 received vaginal administration. Delivery time was similar for the vaginal and oral arms (1074 +/- 488 minutes versus 930 +/- 454 minutes, P =.11). Parity was significantly different (P =.04) for the vaginal and oral groups. The cesarean delivery rate was similar for the vaginal and oral arms (17% versus 15%, P =.72). The number of medication administrations was consistent between groups. Birth weight was not different for patients in the control and treatment groups (vaginal 3281 +/- 507 g versus oral 3359 +/- 541 g, P =.44). Chorioamnionitis and tachysystole were comparable for the oral and vaginal groups. There was no statistical difference in neonatal outcomes. Similar proportions of infants were admitted to the well baby nursery and intermediate care nursery. CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that, in a closely supervised hospital setting with adequate monitoring, oral misoprostol has the potential to induce labor as safely and effectively as its vaginal analogue.
Richard Hall; Maria Duarte-Gardea; Frederick Harlass
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0029-7844     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-07     Completed Date:  2002-06-21     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1044-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79905, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Intravaginal
Administration, Oral
Cervical Ripening
Labor, Induced*
Misoprostol / administration & dosage*
Oxytocics / administration & dosage*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Oxytocics; 59122-46-2/Misoprostol

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