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How do medications treat premature rupture of membranes?

Antibiotics such as ampicillin, amoxicillin, and erythromycin are prescribed intravenously and then orally to treat premature rupture of membranes. These medications help to stop infection in both the mother's body and the baby's. They also prevent premature delivery of the fetus. Corticosteroids are also prescribed to pregnant women who experience rupture of membranes prior to 32 weeks gestation, and may be used for those in the 32-33 week range as well. The lungs of the fetus are able to mature further when this medication is taken.

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