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What is dinoprostone?

Dinoprostone, sold under the brand names Cervidil, Prepidil, or Prostin E2, is used to thin and dilate the cervix and cause the uterus to contract as it does when a woman is in labor. This medication may be inserted into the vagina in the form of a suppository, a tampon, a gel, or as an extended release product. Although this drug is primarily used to induce labor when a woman is at or near term, it may also be used to stop unusually heavy bleeding after delivery. Sometimes, dinoprostone is used in early pregnancy to induce an abortion. Dinoprostone is used only under the direct supervision of a doctor and requires 10 minutes to 2 hours of rest after insertion to be effective.

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