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What medications treat eclampsia?
Once eclampsia develops, the only treatment is delivery of the baby (if eclampsia occurs prior to delivery). Eclampsia can develop following delivery, typically within the first 24 hours postpartum. Rarely, the onset of post-partum eclampsia can be delayed and occur up to one week following delivery. There is no cure for eclampsia other than the delivery of the infant.
Once the mother's condition is stabilized following a seizure, the physician will prepare for emergent delivery of the infant. This can occur by either cesarean section or induction of labor and vaginal delivery. If the patient is already in labor, labor can be allowed to progress provided there is no evidence that the baby has become "distressed " or compromised by the seizure.
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Medication to deliver the baby
The closer the patient is to her due date, the more likely her cervix will be favorable for delivery, and that induction of labor will be successful. Sometimes medications, such as oxytocin (Pitocin), are given to induce or shorten labor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/11/2016
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