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.
I also took Ritodrine for pre term labour in 1990. I went into full labour at 25 weeks. Drs chose Ritodrene because they wanted to see if it worked. There was talk of ventolin, but that was ignored. I suffered far worse side effects than mentioned in any forum I have seen and had to be tied to the bed to stop me from convulsing off it. The effects were so bad my family and husband found it too traumatic to visit me. I spent two weeks like this until I was discharged from hospital and given tablets to continue until my pregnancy went full term.
I was given the drug first in drip form, then in tablet forum after. My premature labour began at 25 weeks. The end result being an induced labour at 38 weeks because my waters broke and nothing happened for 3 days.
The effects on my daughter were more than profound. She suffered major sleep apneoa attacks and was blue constantly. I had to get a sleep monitor mat and this was used for 3 years before she eventually ceased with the breathing issues. SHe suffers from Von Willabrand syndrome. She is dyslexic and suffers from major hormonal problems including polycystic syndrome. She was in a size 2 until she reached the age of 9 then her body blew way out of proportion to become an adult size 14 within the space of a year with no diet changes.
She also was unable to keep any food down after the 2nd month of her life and spent most of her first year in hospital. I was branded a bad mother because she could not keep the weight on.
I would NOT recommend Ritodrene to ANYONE. I burned the name of that drug in my mind 21 years ago because the effects were So profound on me as a mother and my daugher, having to live through her traumas.
If there ever was a group who wanted a class action.. Count me in!!
I went into premature labor at 28 weeks in December of 1984 and was hospitalized for a week on a ritrodrine drip. I was then discharged with oral ritrodrine and bedrest. I was on ritodrine until I was about 8 months along. I gave birth to a seemingly healthy baby girl in February 1985. A little over four months ago, my daughter collapsed from a heart arrhythmia. I found her, did CPR, and called an ambulance. She was in the hospital on life support for almost a week before they declared her brain dead. She was only 27. I just remembered today that I was on this medication and researched it. No one warned me of potential side effects to my baby. I don't know if this caused my daughter's death, but could it have caused her arrhythmia? She was healthy, ate right, did not smoke or do drugs, and a graduate student working on a master's degree in social work. I wonder why there was no attempt to warn people that were prescribed ritrodrine about the side effects on their babies? I would like to know if this medication contributed to the death of my daughter?
I have 24 yr old twins. Both are bright kids who struggle with mental health issues (severe bi-polar, depression and ADHD). I was given ritodrine to stop premature labor at 32 weeks. I was hospitalized, bed inverted, laying on left side for two weeks of continuous IV infused with ritodrine. Horrible experience for me but I believe the impacts on my kids are life altering. I can't find any conclusive studies that relate all this together. Has anybody found anything? It breaks my heart to watch my kids fight this.
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.
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.
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