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How Does It Work?

Prepidil 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.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Prepidil?

Prepidil has not been studied in children and is not approved for use in children. However, this does not mean it cannot be used in pregnant adolescents. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication in females younger than 18 years old.
 

Off-Label Prepidil Uses

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 Prepidil.
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