A recent study suggests that a common pre-term labor drug, magnesium sulfate, is more likely to cause serious side effects compared to other pre-term labor drugs, such as nifedipine. Magnesium sulfate is the more commonly prescribed drug out of industry custom, even though both drugs achieve the same benefits. The study indicated that magnesium sulfate caused side effects including shortness of breath and fluid build-up in the lungs. In addition, the study noted a trend that mothers who received magnesium sulfate were more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit than mothers receiving the alternative.
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