Should we be concerned that misoprostol ended miscarriage symptoms?
January 18, 2014 12:59 AM Subscribe
My wife was having a miscarriage and was given misoprostol to accelerate the process. She took 4 tablets of 200mg misoprostol under the tongue and 800mg ibuprofen right after that. The signs of miscarriage (considerable pain and bleeding) went away completely after she took the medication. Is this normal?
posted by palet to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
My wife is in the late 11th week of her pregnancy. She had bleeding/spotting on Thursday, we called her doctor's office, and were told to go to the emergency, where they said there was no heartbeat from the fetus, the fetus size was consistent with 10 weeks of pregnancy, and she was most likely having a miscarriage. They told us to call the ob-gyn first thing in the morning and let us go home.
When we went to the ob-gyn on Friday, my wife was in considerable pain (when asked by the nurse, she rated it 8/10) and the bleeding had increased considerably. The doctor said she was indeed having a miscarriage, and prescribed misoprostol to quicken the process. We came home, she took the misoprostol (4 tablets of 200mg, under the tongue), and 800mg of ibuprofen right after it.
She shivered for a while after that, and then, nothing. The bleeding almost stopped, and the pain went away almost completely. We first thought that was temporary and due to the ibuprofen, but it has been 14 hours since she took the pills, and still, nothing.
I understand misprostol is not always effective in accelerating (or inducing) miscarriages, and some websites mention repeating the 800mg dose three times (and apparently misoprostol is more effective when taken together with other medicine like methotrexate or mifepristone). But I'm puzzled that her miscarriage symptoms went away completely.
Do you think this response is normal?
I know this is not a medical forum, but my wife is sleeping now and I'm trying to learn as much as I can while trying to watch her. When we called the on-call doctor earlier this evening and asked what we should do if nothing happens, we were told to see the doctor on Sunday morning if she does not have a miscarriage until then.