Short-term tocolytics for preterm delivery - Current perspectives

David M. Haas, Tara Benjamin, Renata Sawyer, Sara K. Quinney

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Administration of short-term tocolytic agents can prolong pregnancy for women in preterm labor. Prolonging pregnancy has many benefits because it allows for other proven interventions, such as antenatal corticosteroid administration, to be accomplished. This review provides an overview of currently utilized tocolytic agents and the evidence demonstrating their efficacy for prolonging pregnancy by at least 48 hours. General pharmacological principles for the clinician regarding drugs in pregnancy are also briefly discussed. In general, while the choice of the best first-line short-term tocolytic drug is not clear, it is evident that use of these agents has a clear place in current obstetric therapeutics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-349
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 27 2014


  • Preterm delivery
  • Short-term
  • Tocolytics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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