I took ritodrine (experimental at the time) during my pregnancy and want to speak with other mothers about the effects on the children as they grow up. My son growing up had psychological and social problems and as an adult still does. Seeking others with similar circumstances.
Long term effects on children whose mothers were given ritodrine during pregnancy?
Question posted by brandyashley on 14 Nov 2011
Last updated on 21 November 2022 (2 weeks ago) by Safire_here
I also took ritodrine in 1988. My son has struggled with anxiety and social problems all his life. I want to pursue this further. Has there been any class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of ritodrine?
I was prescribed ritodrine in 1988 and my son and I both had heart arrhythmia's for years, afterward. When taking the medication, it made my heart race for an hour afterwards and the pills were prescribed to be taken every two hours, night and day, which meant no restful sleep! I was miserable on bed rest and drinking a gallon of water everyday for nearly 6 months. I’ve always worried what effect this drug might have had on my child. After reading these comments I’m concerned about any further complications with heart and neurology. Please keep me up to date through this forum. Thank you!
I am the result of Ritodrine. My mom was in and out of the hospital with me. Had to have her cervix stitched even. I have really bad anxiety. I'm not dumb or slow but I have a lot of issues. Weight gain, pcos. Lots of stuff. I wish someone would start a class action. I'd jump on that train.
I took Ritodrine January 1984 to stop pre-term labor. Was hospitalized to gage tolerance for the drug, and was sent home on strict bed rest until April, my son was born full term in May, apparently healthy, but I had serious complications during the birth that kept me in the hospital for several days. In January I was told that Ritodrine was my only chance to continue the pregnancy. I was 41 years old.
My son had endless problems in school, multiple tests to find the reason for misterious lack of muscle tone (neurologists concluded it was "congenital myopathy") difficulty learning although considered intelligent, led him to anger bursts and misbehaving all his teenage years, finally abandoning high school. He also had a serious spinal injury at 17 years of age, of unknown origin which got bad enough that prevented him walking, requiring epidural treatment. Was tested for bi-polar disorder. In short, it was a sad and painful childhood, not just for him.
After a lengthy soul search, many frustrating years and very hard work, he has managed to control all the bad traits that were handed to him from a mistery source. No one in our families has ever seen anything like it. His life will never be normal, it will be as normal as possible.
I believe it was caused by Ritodrine.
I believe there were no studies done to uncover this inconvenient truth, although they would have been extremely helpful to all the parents that were in an uphill battle with unheard off difficulties, but being continually told by doctors that there was no diagnosis for their children.
I was given IV ritodrine at 31 weeks for 3 days in order to prevent early delivery of my daughter. Thankfully preterm labour was stopped and my daughter was born at 40 weeks by c-section due to foetal distress. She is now 23 and healthy although she has always had anxiety issues. She had some motor problems as a young child although not bad enough for a diagnosis. She is now quite 'clumsy' as my mum says she can trip up over a shadow. These issues have not effected her ability to live her life but have been a constant in her life. We have always went down the road of meditation and aromatherapy which have been effective. I hadn't considered 'ritodrine' to be the cause but I had recently read an article and the penny dropped. My heart rate was over 150bpm for 3 days and she was born in distress. I can't help think that there may be a link, I was very healthy during pregnancy and did everything my doctors told me.
I have an irregular heartbeat and have been told that I have long qt signs on an ECG. I don't know if there may be a link with that too. I hope that this has been of use to you and I'm sorry if my information hasn't been of value. I hope you get what you are looking for. Yours Cate72.
I was prescribed Yutopar at about week 22 of my pregnancy. My son was born at about 27 weeks and weighed 910 grams. This was in 1984 and he is now 35 years old. His early years were marked with delayed developmental milestones. At 1 week he had surgery for a rupture in his intestine. He suffered from failure to thrive. As time went on he suffered from constant ear infections, eventually creating a need for reconstructive surgery. He also was diagnosed as having ADHD. All that said, at 35 he has a college degree, a wife and family of three girls ages 3 to 9. Despite his early struggles he grew up with very few complications. My question now is about his children, my grandchildren. His girls are struggling with anxiety and emotional problems. I'm fairly certain they also have ADHD. I'm wondering how deep the effects of the drug Yutopar have been researched. Is there any reason to think the effects could pass down to his children?
My daughter was born in @981 and has mental problems so bad none of the family can deal with her at all.
It just occurred to me today to Google Ritodrine. I took it in 1982 and my son has had anxiety and depression and well. Also lots of intestinal issues. I never correlated it before I read all of these posts!
Hi Brandy Ashley,
In 1992 I was given something similar and now my adult daughter has been diagnosed as bipolar and with depression and anxiety. I want answers. The drug as I recalled was Brethine
I was on this in 1983. My daughter was born Aug 1983 .she has had depression. Social anxiety and she's coming up on 33 and really there's no meds that help her. The social anxiety is just as bad as the depression and I read a few of the other responses about heart issues. When she was in gym class or active she'd turn blue around the mouth. We went to a specialist and they found nothing wrong - at the time I never thought about the Ridodrine ..I've Googled this subject before. Found nothing...
I took Ritodrine from weeks 32-36 to stop preterm labor with my firstborn, now 28.
She was delivered at 37.5 weeks. She never "consolidated sleep" (and problems remain), and had night terrors. Also, she was diagnosed as bipolar 2, and always has had mood management issues. Still has problems functioning, although she is very intelligent. I asked my ob/gyn for my 2nd pregnancy if there were any studies associating mental health or sleep issues with Ritodrine (because it had made me quite jittery)--and he said that the medical profession "would NEVER do follow up studies on children because the drug was so good at preventing premature birth that no one would fund it as liability issues would increase." Hmm. BTW, he prescribed daily Magnesium supplements (200 mg) during pregnancy, which prevented preterm labor with my second pregnancy--even though the fibroid that had caused it in the first pregnancy grew to over twice the size it had been.
I took Yutopar and had a drip in 1989. My son is schizophrenic (pediatric, now age 28) and I have early onset Parkinson's. If people are still on this thread, would love to know what's up.
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The drug was manufactured to affect soft muscle tissue. The brain is soft muscle tissue. I feel my life has been stolen.
I was given Ritodrine in the hospital in 1981when I went into early labor at 28 weeks. I suffered extreme vomiting and fevers every time I took it and told the nurses I was having an allergic reaction. They said nobody was allergic to it and demanded I take it.They refused to even call my doctor and tell him what was happening. I was in there over the weekend so I didn't see my doctor for a couple days. When the doctor came in and found out what was happening, he was furious and changed my medication immediately. The rest of my pregnancy went smoothly but my son has suffered from serious mental and emotional problems throughout his life. I believe the Ritodrine caused it. When he was first born, he would scream and cry for hours on end until he was exhausted. I had to hold him constantly and the slightest noises would wake him.
He has always had digestive trouble and as an adult he is neurotic, sometimes delusional and suicidal, cannot work for or with other people, and has serious relationship problems. He just cannot accept or conform to societal norms. He sometimes complains of chest pain when he gets upset, and I think he could have heart problems. I have always suspected it was the Ritodrine that made him so different from my other children.
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