Hello all, I have a daughter that is having some serious issues in her life. My wife took yutopar while she was in her 3rd trimester. There were some minor side effect during the pregnancy. we were told by the doctors that it wouldn't effect our child. My daughter is now 25 years old and she has the following problems: 1) cant cope with life 2) repetitive bad decision making 3) suicidal - 3 times in 3 years 4) depression 5)unable to conform to society 5) lies 6) bi-polar 7 antisocial 8) cant deal with everyday life and problems 9) 3 children in 3 years by 2 different men
my wife and I are at our wits end with her. It has been one disaster after another.. we were talking about my daughter last night and we just didnt understand what is wrong with her until we recalled the yutopar drug! I decided to do a google search and to my surprise and sad disappointment we found parents whose children are having the same issues as my daughter.. We must get the word out before more children are affected and also go after the drug company who manufacture it!
I'm so sorry for the emotional pain going on in your family! It must be difficult for all of you! Yutopar/Ritodrine was an experimental drug in the US from 1980-1990 and has been discontinued in the US and the UK but I believe it is still being used in some countries. It is so hard to make decisions about using medication when one is pregnant. Thalidomide is a great example. The drug caused no problems in animals during clinical trials but we all know what horrible deformities it caused in human babies. Drug studies on animals are not conclusive for humans and no adequate studies exist with humans so it is always a chance when you take a medication. Risks vs. Benefits have to be weighed. At least babies in the US and UK are no longer getting exposed. There are many families with problems like yours. See if you can get together with a support group, perhaps talk with other parents having the same problems.
15 Sep 2013
I have found so many families that are in the same situation as you and I are in... it is the saddest thing and nobody knows what to do..or how to get our kids help... I. am convinced this drug effected these kids and there are so many of them. Our daughters could be twins all the problems you mentioned is the same as my daughter and the families I have found so far are in the same boat. By no means are you alone... if you know of a site we could communicate so we can talk more about this please post it..we need to be able to talk more..
30 Dec 2013
I was on this drug in 1983. I went into labor at 24 weeks. It was an awful drug. It would make me shake something awful - to the point of being unable to write. My heart would pound in my ears. I would feel dizzy and sick to my stomach and weak until it began to wear off an hour or so later. I hated taking it and would dread the next dose. This was my second pregnancy that I went into early laborious. The first resulted in a daughter born at 22 weeks weighing 2# 4oz. Her weight dropped to 1# 13oz later that day. That was in Jan 1981. Had I been told it was experimental and not well researched, I 'm not sure I would have taken it. In honesty, given all I 'd gone through before I would have gambled. As it were, he still came exactly 4 weeks early. He had many health issues, beginning with being a "blue baby" and kidney issues within a week.
unlike my other children, he has a very short fuse and can't handle frustration at all. He was diagnosed with ADD and conduct disorder. And to this day, incapable of taking responsibility for his choices. He is impulsive with spending and has mood issues. He is the type to punch holes in walls and break things. He's a good man and very personable when things are going his way. He smokes marajuana from the time he gets up in the morning until bedtime. He's now in his 30's and has disowned us because we, each in our turn, tried to hold him accountable for his behavior. He'd rather disown us than say he was sorry. I think we should have been better informed. Back then you could not tootle for information and knew only what your Dre chose to tell you. My symptoms were "normal and nothing to be concerned about".
I thought it unusual that a doctor didn't recognize the drug the other day. I figured the patent had run out and it was known by a generic name. So I looked it up to find it had been banned by the FDA. My finance is a pharmacists and he'd never heard of it either. I resent having been used as an experiment - generrally when you are in a study you receive informed consent.
8 Jan 2014
I am so very sorry to hear you are having this problem with your daughter. I also was put on yutopar in 85 when I went into early labor. They started the drug while I was in the hospital through an IV, almost instantly I started to shake, I told the Dr and he said it was one of the side effects of the drug. When I was sent home I was on the pill form. The shaking got worse for me and then I started getting other side effects, emotional,I couldn't stand being around others, even my husband, I snapped at everyone, dry mouth (I also had gestational diabetes) I ate ice and drank water like dry land soaks it up. At this point I had to see Dr's that were used to dealing with pregnancies like mine. As I got closer to my due date the Dr's wanted to induce me because my gestational diabetes was getting worse, I had 2 amniocentesis done, the first one showed his lungs were not developed enough, the 2nd one showed they were.
After he was born and I brought him home he started to shake like I did when I was on the yutopar. I got scared and I took him to the Dr's they said he was ok and when this happened just wrap him tight in a receiving blanket and he would stop. When he got to school he was having all kinds of trouble learning wise and socially. We took him to the Dr's and had him tested, they said the test were normal. When he got into the higher grades things got worse. He was then diagnosed with ADHD and was put on medication. He got just a slight bit better but not enough to say so. So in his senior year he quit school. He started with severe depression and had suicidal thoughts and actions. While he did got and get his GED things were getting worse. I finally got someone to listen to me and did some more testing. He was then diagnosed with severe bi-polar, severe depression, adhd, and anxiety. He was put on medications to help. He like your daughter has about the same problems, except the lies and children. I am thankful that the medication helps with all the other things and he is in mental help therapy.
13 Nov 2014
Oh my God!! I am just overwhelmed today after reading all of the similar stories from families that have suffered like me and my son. I just cried when reading. This has been a 29 yr. nightmare. My son has had so many emotional problems and been disgnosed with everything from ADHD to schizophrenia and on every type of medication. Been inpatient childrens mental ward, psychiatric childrens hospital, theraputic foster care, long term placements in childrens homes and then in a specual education department placement at a boys school. Every time i would tell the psychiatrists and doctors that I thought it was because of the drug yutopar or brethine, they never listened. I begged them to do brsin scans and blood work but none was ever done. I kept telling myself that if he had all the problems they diagnosed him with, then why wasn't the medication working to treat him.
Besides the problems dealing with all if that; the biggest loss has been the bond and love and trust between me and my son. He has such resentment towards me for being locked up most of his life in institutions.
14 Apr 2017
You are not alone, I promise you that. My parents have been in the same boat with my twin sister and me for quite some time now. My twin sister and I were born in the summer of 1988 (now 28 years old). During our mother's third trimester, she began going into early labor (I believe she said this was March-April). Her physician gave her a dose of IV Yutopar and ordered her to be on strict bedrest for the rest of the pregnancy. Good news: it worked. Bad news: my twin sister and I are still suffering from its long-term effects. Your description of your daughter perfectly describes my sister and me. My mental health issues started when I was about 9 years old, suffering from debilitating panic attacks and severe social anxiety, although my sister did not exhibit these symptoms.
I would guess that our symptoms began in college and progressed over most of our 20's, peaking at 27-28 years of age. Depression, inability to cope/dysfunctional coping, inability to transition into adulthood, COMPLETE inability to adapt to any change, struggling to force ourselves do even the simplest "grown-up" tasks and responsibilities, alcohol abuse, isolation from friends/people (despite our charm and outgoing personalities out in public) and avoidance of social activities, dependence on psychiatric medication for a sense of somewhat normalcy, severe depression, lack of motivation, zero self-esteem, eating disorders... The list (unfortunately) goes on. And I still struggle to this day. My mother has been diligently researching Yutopar for the last several years and still to this day blame some it for our issues we struggle with today. As a nurse, I took great interest in this theory, and after reading countless threads of parents in the exact same situations, I couldn't refute it. The conclusion I came to was realistic but not very hopeful: what's done is done. We are simply in "symptom management" mode, and that's all we can do. We cannot rewind time and refuse the medication. Although it's unfortunate that it took this long to experience such horrible side effects, it also did what it was expected to do. It prevented my mother from delivering 2-3 months early and is a major reason why my sister and I (and your daughter) are alive and breathing in the world today. I'm angered at this pharmaceutical company for failure to follow up... to at least perform research or even read these threads all over the Internet to consider it a potential problem. But as I've stated before, it is what it is. As much as I wish they could create a miracle pill to cure all of our emotional and psychological issues contributed to this drug, I acknowledge that I have to be stronger than the drug... to prove it wrong and come out above on this. My sister and I deal with our problems every day, but we don't let this drug stop our lives or control the rest of our lives. We have to keep moving forward and improving as best as we can and not use this drug as a crutch to hold us back from doing so. My life sucks. I say it almost every day. But we have to deal with it and improve beyond it. I do wish this pharmaceutical company would eventually either claim responsibility or maybe even be investigated and found responsible. But for now, all we can do is advocate for ourselves and for each other. I'm sorry for what your family has been through from us Yutopar kids, I see your despair in my parents eyes too often. I hope your daughter has been improving and that you collectively find peace and balance as a family.
25 May 2017
I have a daughter 36 years old with all the same issues and it is getting worse everyday. I had this drug in 1981 and I want to know if this is why she has these problems. She was a twin and I miscarried her twin and took this drug to keep me out of labor on my second trimester till she was born. Does anyone know the company that manufactured this drug?
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