Cervidil Uses

How Does It Work?

Cervidil is a manufactured (synthetic) version of a hormone in the body known as prostaglandin E2. Prostaglandin E2 is naturally secreted by the fetus and placenta during pregnancy, and plays an important role in the steps leading to labor. Importantly, the hormone is involved in cervical ripening, which is when the cervix softens and relaxes to allow passage of the baby during birth.
 
The Cervidil vaginal insert slowly releases medication over a 12-hour period. The effects of the medication are expected to reverse quickly after the insert is removed.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Cervidil?

This medication is only approved for use in adult women of reproductive age who are pregnant. It has not been studied in adolescents of childbearing age. However, adolescents are expected to respond to the medication no differently than adult women.
 

Are There Off-Label Uses for Cervidil?

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medications for something other than the approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted, off-label uses for Cervidil.
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Cervidil Drug Information

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