Pregnant women who use a Cervidil vaginal insert are prone to hyperstimulation and intense contractions. During birth, the baby’s blood or oxygen supply can be cut off. This can lead to birth injuries or death.

At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we offer legal representation to anyone who has been harmed due to dinoprostone use. If you want to hire a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer to represent you in a dinoprostone lawsuit, please let us know. Our attorney can help you submit your personal injury claim and prepare your case.

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What are Cervidil induction risks?

Research indicates that Cervidil is well tolerated. In clinical trials, there was a low risk of adverse events for those who used the vaginal insert. Regardless, researchers have discovered several dinoprostone risks to date.

In one study, researchers linked Cervidil to the development of an amniotic fluid embolism. This medical condition occurs when amniotic fluid enters the bloodstream. It can result in heart or lung failure.

Also, postpartum disseminated intravascular coagulation has been linked to Cervidil, VeryWell Family notes. This happens when a person’s blood clots easily, to the point where it can block blood vessels and cause organ damage. Women over age 30 who experience complications during pregnancy or carry their babies for over 40 weeks face an increased risk of postpartum disseminated intravascular coagulation if they use dinoprostone versus women who don’t.

What other Cervidil side effects and risks should I know about?

Most women who use Cervidil during pregnancy don’t report any side effects. However, Cervidil side effects have been reported by some pregnant women. These side effects include:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

It’s also important to note that Cervidil contains dinoprostone. In rare instances, pregnant women who use Cervidil can experience dinoprostone side effects like a fast or slow heartbeat, shortness of breath, and hives. They may be prone to prostaglandin side effects that can put a baby’s health and well-being in danger.

If dinoprostone compromises the safety of you or your baby, you may have a valid claim for damages from the manufacturer. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help you with a product liability claim against Cervidil. For more information, please reach out to us.

What is the Cervidil pregnancy risk category?

In terms of pregnancy risk categories, Cervidil falls into group C. According to the National Library of Medicine, “risk cannot be ruled out” with drugs in this category. The National Library of Medicine also points out that there are “no satisfactory studies in pregnant women” for category C drugs.

If you are weighing the pros and cons of using dinoprostone, consult with your doctor. This allows you to get insights into the vaginal insert, how it works, and its potential benefits and risks. At this point, you can decide if it is in your best interests to use the insert.

Keep in mind that you may choose to utilize dinoprostone, but your doctor may make a mistake that puts you and your baby at risk. In this situation, you may be able to sue the doctor for medical malpractice. You can meet with an attorney to explore this option and decide if now is the right time to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

When is it not safe to use Cervidil during pregnancy?

There are several instances in which using Cervidil can cause problems during a pregnancy. These instances include:

When in doubt about using dinoprostone or any other pregnancy medication, don’t leave anything to chance. Meet with your doctor to discuss what can happen if you take drugs for pregnancy. Then, you can make an informed decision about what medications — if any — to use.

What should I do if my baby was harmed due to Cervidil use during my pregnancy?

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help you seek damages from anyone responsible for any dinoprostone-related harm that you or your baby have suffered. To learn more or request a free consultation, please contact us online or at (561) 655-1990.

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