Cons of Epidurals? .... (m)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Cons of Epidurals? .... (m)
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 1:17pm
What are they? What are the risk factors/data/%'s/problems? How much "safer" is Stadil (sp? or what is a safer alternative if a woman in labor did need something?)?

Thanks for any info.

Anna

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 11:44am
I don't believe that narcotics are necessarily "safer" than epidurals. I believeyou just get a different set of risks for each.

Cathie

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 11:46am
Here's a link for you http://www.kimjames.net/epidural%20main%20page.htm

This site lists maternal risks http://www.kimjames.net/maternal%20risk%20chart.htm and Baby Risks http://www.kimjames.net/Baby%20Side%20Effects.htm as well as advantages and benefits.

Cathie

Cathie

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 5:02am
Here's some reading for you (http://pages.ivillage.com/sonja_l/painmedsinlabor/).

Like Cathie said, both methods have their disadvantages and their advantages. Although Stadol is less invasive (don't particularly like the idea of something being injected near my spinal cord myself), it doesn't work for everyone and should only be used in early labor. Some alternatives are mentioned as well (hypnosis, TENS and acupuncture).

Good luck with your decision.

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Registered: 04-19-2003
Mon, 04-21-2003 - 1:59pm
I thought narcotics were delivered through the epidural. What other types of drugs are administered in this way?
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 04-21-2003 - 2:32pm
You can recieve IV pain killers that are not epidurals.

And I believe that narcotics make the ingredient list of some epidurals (Epidural is a method of administration as opposed to a specific drug).

Cathie

Cathie

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Registered: 04-19-2003
Tue, 04-22-2003 - 2:55pm
Yes, I understand, epidural is simply the method to deliver the drugs. What other type of drugs, other than narcotics, do they administer through the epidural?
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 3:48pm
Here's a old post with the info (I think) you are looking for

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppbrthdebate/?msg=1328.2

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Mon, 05-12-2003 - 5:11am
Here is a page about the cons of an epi.

http://pages.ivillage.com/pro_uc/id12.html

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