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Ritodrine Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to ritodrine: solution, tablet

As well as its needed effects, ritodrine may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking ritodrine, check with your doctor immediately:

More common:
  • Blurred vision
  • chest pain or tightness
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • fast or irregular heartbeat—rare with oral form
  • flushed and dry skin
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • increased urination
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • severe pounding or racing heartbeat—rare with oral form
  • shortness of breath—rare with oral form
  • sleepiness
  • stomachache
  • tiredness
  • troubled breathing (rapid and deep)
  • unusual thirst
  • vomiting
  • Sore throat or fever
  • yellow eyes or skin

If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking ritodrine, get emergency help immediately:

  • Fast or irregular heartbeat (severe)
  • nausea or vomiting (severe)
  • nervousness or trembling (severe)
  • shortness of breath (severe)

Minor Side Effects

Some ritodrine side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:
  • Headache
  • reddened skin
  • tremors
Less common or rare:
  • Anxiety
  • emotional upset
  • jitteriness, nervousness, or restlessness
  • skin rash

Side Effects: Post Treatment

After you stop taking this drug, it is possible that you may still experience side effects that need medical attention. If you notice any of the following side effects check with your doctor immediately:

  • Shortness of breath

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ritodrine: intravenous solution


Cardiovascular side effects have included tachycardia or other cardiac arrhythmias (80% to 100%), diastolic blood pressure reduction resulting in dizziness and lightheadedness (80% to 100%), and chest pain or tightness (15%). Myocardial ischemia and palpitations have also been reported.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included tremor and headache (10% to 50%). Nervousness, jitteriness, and restlessness have also been reported.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included erythema and rash.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and vomiting.[Ref]


Hematologic side effects have included leukopenia and agranulocytosis. Associated with long-term (2 to 3 weeks) use, these effects were reversible upon discontinuation.[Ref]


Hepatic side effects have included hepatitis or impaired hepatic function.[Ref]


Metabolic side effects have included transient maternal hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis.[Ref]

Symptoms associated with hyperglycemia included: blurred vision; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushed, dry skin; fruit-like breath odor; increased frequency and volume of urination; ketones in urine; loss of appetite; somnolence; stomachache; nausea, or vomiting; tiredness; and unusual thirst.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included pulmonary edema (shortness of breath).[Ref]


Psychiatric side effects have included anxiety and emotional upset.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Yutopar (ritodrine)." Astra USA, Westborough, MA.

It is possible that some side effects of ritodrine may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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