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Ritodrine (RI-toe-dreen) is used to stop premature labor. It is available only with your doctor"s prescription and is to be administered only by or under the supervision of your doctor.
Ritodrine is available in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For ritodrine, the following should be considered:
Allergies—Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to ritodrine or sulfites. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Other medicines—Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking or receiving ritodrine, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking any of the following:
Other medical problems—The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of ritodrine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
Dosing—The dose of ritodrine will be different for different women. Follow your doctor"s orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of ritodrine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so. The injection form of this medicine will be given to you by your health care professional.
Missed dose—If you miss an oral dose of this medicine and remember within an hour or so of the missed dose, take it right away. However, if you do not remember until later, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage—To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Check with your doctor right away if your contractions begin again or your water breaks .
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor . This especially includes over-the-counter (nonprescription) medicines for appetite control, asthma, colds, cough, hay fever, or sinus problems since they may increase the unwanted effects of this medicine.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Tell your health care professional immediately if either of the following side effects occurs while you are receiving this medicine:
Chest pain or tightness; shortness of breath—rare with oral form
Check with your health care professional as soon as possible if the following side effects occur:
Blurred vision; dizziness or lightheadedness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushed and dry skin; fast or irregular heartbeat—rare with oral form; fruit-like breath odor; increased urination; loss of appetite; nausea; severe pounding or racing heartbeat—rare with oral form; sleepiness; stomachache; tiredness; troubled breathing (rapid and deep); unusual thirst; vomiting
Sore throat or fever; yellow eyes or skin
Symptoms of overdose
Fast or irregular heartbeat (severe); nausea or vomiting (severe); nervousness or trembling (severe); shortness of breath (severe)
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
Headache; reddened skin; trembling
Less common or rare
Anxiety; emotional upset; jitteriness, nervousness, or restlessness; skin rash
After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor if you notice the following side effect:
Shortness of breath
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
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