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Were you administered Terbutaline injections to treat preterm labor during pregnancy? Are you or your child experiencing side effects? If so, please contact Cohen & Cohen, PC to speak to a Washington D.C. Terbutaline lawyer today.
Terbutaline (also known by brand names Brethaire, Brethine, Brican, Bricanyl, Bricar, Bricaril, Bricyn, Terbutalin, Terbutalina, Terbutalino, Terbutalinum) is a bronchodilator used to treat asthma that has recently been the subject of controversy for its off label use in treating preterm labor. Preterm labor refers to the spontaneous onset of labor before the 37th week of pregnancy. Terbutaline’s efficacy and safety in terms of maternal and neonatal outcomes has been questioned for several years.
Specifically, while terbutaline can be effective in responding to acute episodes of preterm labor, research has shown that maintenance therapy with Terbutaline does not decrease the risk for recurring preterm labor or preterm delivery nor does it improve perinatal outcomes In 2003, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a practice bulletin for the management of preterm labor, stating that “neither maintenance treatment with Terbutaline nor repeated acute Terbutaline injections improve perinatal outcome; neither should be undertaken as a general practice.”
The administration of Terbutaline has well-documented, adverse effects on maternal health. Researchers have reported negative cardiac side effects such as pulmonary edema, myocardial ischemia, cardiac arrhythmias, and hypotension. Research studies have also investigated the long-term implications for children born to mothers treated with Terbutaline. Long term health problems for such children include learning impairment, higher prevalence of motor developmental delays, cognitive dysfunction, and adverse psychiatric diagnoses. Research has further shown a causal link between Terbutaline injections and cognitive and behavioral abnormalities during adolescence and young adulthood.
If you were administered Terbutaline to treat preterm labor and you or your child is experiencing side effects, please contact Cohen & Cohen, PC to discuss your potential claim with a Washington D.C. Terbutaline lawyer for a free case evaluation. Our Washington D.C. Terbutaline lawyers bring an array of litigation experience to the table and are well-versed in the dangers of Terbutaline injections when used to treat preterm labor. Call (202) 902-8020 and speak to a Washington D.C. Terbutaline lawyer today.