Yutopar Aka Ritodrine (Thread 241352)
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This drug was used for women going into pre-mature labor it was used to stop the contrations. Unfortunatly it had major side effects on the babies. This was an experimental drug used from 1980 -1990 and was then discontinued. I was given this drug and my daughter was born 6 weeks early, had her by c-section. I begin to notice around 12yrs old that problem were arising in her mental health, still not realizing that this drug played an important factor. I have found many women that this to has happened to, and I'm still looking for more families that this has effect. It is devasting and a nightmare for my daughter who is now 30 yrs. old. If you have any information I would really like to visit with you about your child. Thank you for reading this, we need to ban together for our kids.

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Lynn O Says:
 
Doctor John, you are the first person I have ever heard without a complaint about Yutopar. Your daughter truly sounds like she was a blessing from God. You speak of her as any very proud father would. Her list of accomplishments were impressive. You mentioned a "few' side effects of the drug your wife may have suffered, but they were all worth it because the result was your beautiful daughter. It's good to have at least ONE happy ending for one woman who had taken Yutopar. :)

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I have not discussed Yutopar with my children. My oldest has Anosognosia (lack of insight for illness/psychosis) along with many mental and emotional issues. I don't want to risk him coming across anything that I might post. I would prefer to talk to other moms via email or phone.

I often wonder how many suicides in children and young adults can be due to this drug. And people in this age group that have committed crimes and mental illness was determined to be the reason, could this drug play a part? Seems like in so many of these situations, the person is in the 20-30 age group. Could some of these people suffer from the affects of Yutopar given to their mothers for preterm labor? Of course, we'll never know because the damage that this drug caused has been swept under the rug and the makers of the drug have no one to answer to.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was just ONE lawyer in this country that would listen to our stories and take on the people responsible for our children's mental health issues!? Psychiatrist, psychologist, counselors, hospitals, rehabs, medications and lawyers are not free and their mental health issues aren't temporary, they are for LIFE!

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Doctor John Says:
 
In 1981, my wife was put on oral Yutopar for 10 weeks when she began pre-term labor at 26 weeks gestation. (Previously she had lost 3 pregnancies, including twins at 25 weeks. The twins were born alive, both very small, and both died in less than 24 hours.) At 36 weeks, the doctor ceased the Yutopar, and 6 days later my wife labored and gave birth to a girl who spent 4 days in NICU due to TTNB (transient tachypnea of the newborn). After release from hospital, our daughter had a healthy infancy and childhood. She grew up well advanced in learning and IQ, started reading at age 3, graduated HS and college with honors, earned a Masters degree in theology, and teaches in three languages (plus Anglo-Saxon) at a classical Christian school. At age 35, she has never shown any signs of developmental delay of any kind, physical, mental, emotional, or psychological.

After losing four children to pre-term labor, we saw Yutopar as part of God's answer to our prayers. Though the temporary side-effects my wife suffered were many, we considered them minimal compared to the opportunity to actually bring a child home from the hospital.

All this having been said, we grieve deeply for those (apparently many) whose children have been adversely affected by this drug, and all the more so in view of the entire lack of problems our daughter experienced. May God bless and give grace to you all.

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PatAdkins Says:
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There is a place you can visit that will give you more information. I typed yutoparakaritodrine in the search engine please go there and maybe this will help!


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smb Says:
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As much as I appreciate being able to connect with others on this site, we are still limited to what we can share here. Makes it impossible to communicate with others suffering from Yutopar. What is needed the most in this situation is to be able to contact each other, but sharing personal info (phone numbers-email addresses) is not allowed.

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Lynn O Says:
 
Reen, So sorry to hear about your daughter. I feel your pain and frustration, I have the same problems with my son. He doesn't have Medicaid and didn't qualify for Affordable Healthcare because he can not work and make enough money to qualify. You can't get Obamacare if you don't make a certain amount, and the state we live in - Virginia - didn't extend Medicaid to everyone. So, he is hard pressed on getting any help at all for his mental issues. Programs are free and do help, but don't address both issues at the same time. Also mental health CARE is not available in a lot of areas either. At least not for Ritodrine Babies. Maybe if they had a name and face then specific treatment plans could be developed. But that would involve people who cared and the all mighty dollard.

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Reen Says:
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Another relapse for my daughter. This time she said she was close to suicide. Medicaid facilities are not cutting it for her, and I realize that she must work the program also. The problem is that both her mental health and addiction issues are not being addressed simultaneously. Yutopar has a major role in her issues and there's nothing we can do.

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smb Says:
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There are other people with similar stories about Yutopar/Ritodrine. There seems to be many children (now adults) that were affected by this drug taken for preterm labor. Many mothers of these children have not made the connection yet. I was on this drug with my youngest for premature labor, but was switched to Brethine after developing heart problems. I've also read horror stories about Brethine posted on these sites.

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Lynn O Says:
 
I would be willing to launch a letter writing campaign if we could round up enough people to make an impact. Maybe folks like Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil could Bring more "Ritodrine Babies" awareness to people who were given the drug and had "troubled" children who never "grew out of it". I've adopted a "crack baby" who is 10 now and has been diagnosed with Autism. Not that the two have anything to do with each other, but there was not enough research done on "crack babies" to concede anything definite. There are a few articles that call Crack babies the generation that never was - but I tend to dissagree. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was studied at great length for years and it has been recognized as a "Syndrome". It's real. That's all I would like to start with when talking about "Ritodrine Babies".

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Martha Says:
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No lawyer seems interested. Maybe our only hope is someone like Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil.

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Lynn O Says:
 
Who and How can an action be taken against the FDA? or the drug manufacturer? or any entity that promoted, wrecklessly released and quietly pulled from the market the drug Yutopar???. Because NOW there appears to be an alarming number of children born to the mothers who took Ritodrin/Yutopar during pregnancy adversely affected by this drug.

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Lynn O Says:
 
I was given Yutopar in 1982 for premature labor and my son was born full term. He has suffered all his life with behavior disorders and has been given multiple diagnoses'. While taking Yutopar I suffered bad side effects and wondered if the drug would affect the baby, but it was difficult to get any answers because the drug was new and experimental (my insurance did not pay for it and it was very expensive), but no one knew the LONG term effects on the child. It's just too coincidental that there are so many (now grown) children of mothers who took Yutopar who have experienced similar life experiences. I need validation that this drug contributed to my sons' disabilities.

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Martha Says:
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I think a woman in Australia died while on the drug, and that was what led to its being banned. At the time the babies weren't showing any ill effects, but some mothers were. One followup study on the children followed them to the age of five or so. Unfortunately the problems weren't manifesting until puberty.

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smb Says:
 
My son is living a life of hell due to this drug. Please file a report with FDA explaining the effects it has had on your child. If enough of us do this, maybe they will be forced to address this and give us answers. Anyone know the original reasons given for removing it from the market?

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Shaggy Says:
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I'm am 33 and today I was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve disorder. My mom was also diagnosed with a heart anurisum. None is hereditary. She also took this drug to prevent premature birth and I was unborn 12 weeks early. Trying to find an answer. Anyone else experience heart or circulatory problems

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Martha Says:
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Most parents on this thread report having taken the drug for many weeks or months of their pregnancies. I am surprised that your son has been so affected when you took the drug for just one week. However, I suppose it is possible that the drug could be the cause. It makes sense to me that babies could be more or less vulnerable to the drug in utero, depending on the stage of development when exposed.

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PatAdkins Says:
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This drug has affected some many families... Is the seizures due from the drug you took the answer is yes... I would recommend that any future use of this drug not be used... We are trying to warn new mothers this is not a good outcome even though our babies survived they live in a dark place that no drug can fix. Good luck to you and your son.

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J Says:
 
I was given the drug for 1 week to stop preterm contractions when i was 11 weeks . I live in Guyana, South America.

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Martha Says:
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J, you went into early labor at 11 weeks and you were kept on the drug throughout the remainder of your pregnancy? Where do you live? This drug was taken off the market in the United States over 26 years ago!

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J Says:
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I was given this drug at 11weeks pregnant my son is 2yrs old and has started have seizers.

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