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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mig Says:
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Amanda H (# 106) --

I had not heard that this is a concern along with so many other symptoms. Do you know how long your mother took Yutopar/Ritodrine? I had a hard time with pregnancies, two miscarriages before my two children. Premature labor with both of them. I took Yutopar longer with my oldest, which suffers the most. With my youngest I developed heart problems (along with him) while in the hospital for preterm labor. At that point I was taken off of Yutopar and started Brethine for duration of pregnancy. Brethine also caused problems for my youngest, mostly digestive, but also depression and anxieties.

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PatAdkins (# 96) --

Pat, I've given up on the doctors helping. With all of the research that I've done on my son's symptoms, I honestly believe that I know just as much or possibly more than they do. I've been thinking about the doctors distancing themselves from this drug. I believe they fear a patient they've prescribed medications to of ANY kind, will come forth and sue them for prescribing the drug because it harmed them. So, they don't want to touch this. I did discuss Yutopar AGAIN with my newest doctor. He actually got his computer and looked it up. After reading a little info, his comment was "but how can you prove it was the drug?" A good question, but seriously, how are all of the other drugs prescribed that caused harm proven to be the cause? Obviously, with all of the tort legal suits you see on tv, there is a way. It's all a matter of finding just ONE person to listen to us and take our concerns seriously. I found the NYT journalist that did a report on Ritodrine in 1992. I wasn't sure how to contact her directly, so I commented on one of her tweets, which was totally off topic. Asked her to consider doing a follow-up on the effects the drug has had on the adult children. No response, of course. So I'll continue to search for help, but not from doctors. I've lost respect for most of them. I'd like to let everyone know just how serious this is by telling you that my son attempted suicide this week. Fortunately, he failed. But that doesn't mean he won't attempt it again. He is in absolute pain and agony. Ritodrine/Yutopar - spread the word.

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Martha Says:
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Amanda H (# 106) --

I had twin girls in 88. Both have struggled with anxiety and depression like you. One has a child. I had never heard the sterility side effect before your post. Pat Adkins, the woman who began this thread, also has a healthy grandchild.

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Amanda H Says:
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My mom told me when I was 19 about being given yutopar when she was pregnant with me. I'm 31 now. She only told me about a possible side effect on sterile babies. It's something I've always wondered about, especially since I have yet to conceive a child. But reading this thread has me realizing that maybe the anxiety I've experienced since I was a preteen is from this. Idk though, because it's taken me years to even find information on this drug. Until today. What other things do I need to worry about? Has anyone else heard of the children being sterile?

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mig Says:
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We can't share personal information like phone numbers, email or home addresses, but it WOULD be extremely helpful if we could contact one another. Pretty much limits us to just sharing experiences with the drug and its effects on our children, also receive support from others, it helps to know that you are not alone. I find it shocking the number of illnesses our adult children have in common. Seems blatantly clear that Yutopar is the connector in their lives. Finding someone to listen and help prove this is the roadblock we keep running into. I've discussed this with psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, primary doctors, ER doctors, my OBGYN, TBI specialists at a major hospital in MD and not one of them even considered that Yutopar could have caused this. I also suggested they read other posts from moms on these sites. Got nothing, no interest period.

I've gotten to the point now that I've given up on finding help and just try to make it from one day to the next with my son. Constantly told meds are the only thing that will help, yet after trying almost everyone out there, plus combinations of drugs, he gets worse each day. I wake each morning worrying that he has given up on fighting this hell (and he has fought it) and decided that he has had enough. Hospitalization seemed to make his symptoms so much worse. And we also lost his trust in us. I would suggest contacting the FDA and informing them that you took this drug, symptoms you or your child are experiencing and year it was taken. Don't expect anything in return, but at least it will be documented in their records. In the meantime, you can search online for Yutopar aka Ritodrine and may find more help there.


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Felicity Says:
 
You may find some further information about Ritodrine on wikipedia or by visiting the following drug monograph, at: Ritodrine Details

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Sue Says:
 
Yutopar - my son. Now 31. I don't know how private this message is, but I want this to go further.

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Mdijon Says:
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I'm another 1983. Daughter has extreme social anxiety and depression she's now 32

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Suzanne Says:
 
Same thing happened to me. Faith in God is the answer. You were created in the image of God. He spoke and it was, you speak and what you say happens. Start speaking God's Word of healing over your daughter and she will be healed. "I am the Lord that healeth thee", "Jesus bore her sickness and her diseases and by His stripes she is healed". Mark 11:23. God is faithful. The power to perform God's Word is contained in his Word (Luke 1:37) Greek NT. God will not fail you.

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Jamie Says:
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Yes, I told him about the Ritodrine and that it appears that he is not alone. He went on a big story about EMD dumps and how anti psychotics only paralyzed the frontal lobe which have nothing to do with EMD. I don't know what he is even talking about but describes pyschosis as the same thing that happens when you are near death and go somewhere else. The bottom line is he kind of ignored what I said and moved to a new story.

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mig Says:
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My son has similar delusions. He has episodes that are frightening and asks why won't you believe/help me. He suffers many side effects from medications as well, that's why we keep trying others. Also, none have helped with the psychosis. We've been told that will never go away completely, but meds should help him to deal with them - NOPE! He also drinks, whatever he can get, not just beer. Says it's the only thing that helps, but it's just bringing on new problems to deal with. Alcohol and the meds he is on are not a good mix.
Curious, I hope you don't mind me asking, have you discussed the Yutopar with him? And does he have insight (aware that this is an illness) at any time? Because of my sons delusions, I haven't mentioned it. That would be like adding fuel to the fire. The doctor thinks the psychosis is a combination of head injuries and drug induced. The drug use started when the emotional and mental issues started, it was his coping mechanism. At about the same age as everyone else's started whos mothers were given Yutopar for preterm labor.

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mig Says:
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Hey Pat,

I've posted here several times under a different username. My son has been self medicating for years and the doctor "thinks" that could have triggered the psychosis. But the reason for self medication was due to the mental and emotional problems he has suffered from for all these years. His symptoms sound identical to the last persons post about her sons psychosis. Only thing that sets him apart from others is that he had several serious head injuries within a year. I've researched this and have found that psychosis can occur years after head injuries. So that's the direction I went when this first started. Finally saw doctors about head injuries, but they were of very little help. In the meantime I started thinking about the Yutopar and did some searching on that topic and found this website with many families suffering from this. He has seen many doctors, counselors, therapists and been on so many medications and so far nothing has helped. I was so happy when the newest doctor said that he would look into Yutopar (he had never heard of it) that I almost cried. I might mention it again, but I now feel like he isn't interested in getting more info either. We are always told by every doctor that no matter the cause, the treatment will be the same-drugs. None of those have helped and he has tried many. So if those aren't working, wouldn't you think that they'd be interested in finding out why they don't, especially when they all insist that meds are the only treatment for this?! At a complete loss of what to do next. His health, both physical and mental are slipping away. He is not able to work, has no social life and angry as hell that this is happening to him. Once again I'm pointing to Yutopar as the cause. This can't just be a coincidence that all of our adult children are suffering from mental/emotional issues after the use of Yutopar for preterm labor. It can't!!!

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Jamie Says:
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My son has psychosis and is untreated because he literally feels every side effect of any medication. He isn't afraid to drink beer though. He believes he was tortured by the government and they implanted him with a cortical implant. He has visions popping up in front of him. He loves to share his story with people and I can't convince him otherwise. He is currently living on SSI and whatever supplements I can give him.

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PatAdkins Says:
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Mig my daughter is the same way I never know how she is doing til I here her speak...its either up or down no in between moods....its hard to live with and harder to watch....I also told Jens psych. Dr. And his answer to me " well thats the past and at this point I have to find a medication to Treat her" not a bit interested.... I'm blown away about the lack of concern these Dr.s have for these kids....what the hell....no one cares in the medical field and no one has the time to investigate this...

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mig Says:
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Thank you for the work and time put into finding the University. I asked my sons' psychiatrist to do a little research on Yutopar, with the hopes that he could find a connection with some of his other patients in that age group. If possibly their mothers used Yutopar as well. He said he would, seemed sincere, but next visit he brought it up and said he hadn't had a chance to do it, but assured me that he would. Been back a couple of times since then and it wasn't mentioned. So...I guess it wasn't important enough to spend time on.
Am I nuts to think that psychiatrist would be interested in finding out if any of their other patients that are in that age group with similar symptoms are suffering from the effects of this drug? I've told every "professional" that he has seen about taking Yutopar during preterm labor and not one has taken it seriously, except this doctor, I thought.
My son continues to get worse every day. No luck with medications so far. I'm terrified that he'll give up and hurt himself. The psychosis is slowly killing him internally. I've only seen psychosis mentioned in a couple of posts on here, so that must not be a common symptom. He is also suffering from severe depression, anxieties, body pains and many of the other symptoms that others are experiencing. We need someone to take our concerns about this drug seriously.

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Jamie Says:
 
I have a 29 year old with mental health issues, also used ritodrine for pre-term labor.

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Martha Says:
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I located the name of the University in the Netherlands that had conducted a study of babies born to mothers on yutopar. The study traced children just until they were elementary age and found no harmful effects. The problems all of our children are suffering, however, start at puberty. I sent a request to an email address I found for the University asking to be connected with someone who had been part of conducting that study because I had some questions. My intention was to suggest that they do a new follow-up of those children now that they are all older. I received no response.

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migi Says:
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Wondering how many (if any) of these young adults have had brain imaging done? MRI, SPECT scan, PET scan? If so, anything unusual found? A spot was found on my son's MRI. Doctors didn't seem concerned, although they couldn't explain what caused it or how long it's been there. If there are others that have had imaging done and results found anything unusual, please let us know. This may be a way of connecting Yutopar to the hell our children have suffered.

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Maureen Says:
 
Perfect description of my daughter. She started self medicating at 15 and has been doing so on and off since. Leah is going to be 33 on April 5th. She is a beautiful person who has suffered for years. Social , mental, and addiction issues have encumbered her beautiful soul. As a parent, you suffer right along with your child. My husband, children, and myself will always be there for her and provide her with "healthy" support. It can completely consume you and we've no where to turn. I wish I had a better response but this is our life.

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Felicity Says:
 
"inability to consider consequences"...I see that in my daughter even aged 5. I can now see how that can become a big problem when she's older. Do other people have this symptom and any examples? Thanks

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