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What should I know about dinoprostone before taking it?

Before taking dinoprostone, you should know that when tested in lab animals, it increased the risk of skeletal anomalies, and is therefore considered a pregnancy Category C medication. These problems should not occur in humans because it is usually given after the skeleton is fully formed, but prolonged uterine contraction can put a fetus at risk. Dinoprostone should only be used as needed to protect the health and safety of mother and fetus. Dinoprostone may also be affected by medical conditions including a history of asthma or epilepsy, glaucoma, hypertension or hypotension, lung or kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, unusual vaginal bleeding, prior difficult deliveries, or uterine surgeries. If you have had more than five pregnancies; placenta previa; genital herpes; or an allergy to medication, inform your doctor before using dinoprostone. Dinoprostone may interact negatively with oxytocin and should not be used simultaneously.

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