Jill Durocher

Prevention of postpartum hemorrhage with misoprostol

December 1st, 2007
Staff Publication
Postpartum Hemorrhage
Winikoff, Beverly, Blum, Jennifer, Alfirevic, Z., Walraven, G., Weeks, A.

As a stable, orally active and cheap uterotonic, misoprostol would appear ideally suited to the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in the developing world. Following numerous clinical trials, it appears that misoprostol prophylaxis using an oral or sublingual dose of 600 μg is more effective than placebo at preventing PPH in community births, but not in hospital settings. It is, however, not as effective as injectible oxytocin. Misoprostol is therefore indicated for prevention of PPH in settings where injectible conventional uterotonics are not available.

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