More effective drugs to stop bleeding after childbirth found

Alternative treatments may be more effective than the standard drug currently used to stop women bleeding after childbirth, according to a new study.

Researchers from the UK’s Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group explained that postpartum haemorrhage is the most common reason women die during childbirth around the world.

Currently, a uterotonic drug called oxytocin is routinely administered to reduce excessive bleeding at childbirth. The treatment, which contracts the uterus, has become standard practice across the world.

However, in the new study, researchers found that ergometrine plus oxytocin, misoprostol plus oxytocin, and carbetocin on its own were more effective drugs for reducing excessive bleeding at childbirth rather than the current standard use of oxytocin on its own.

University of Birmingham Clinician Scientist Dr Ioannis Gallos, of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group and Review Author, said: “Our research has highlighted which drugs may be more effective than oxytocin and we hope that this could impact existing recommendations and save mothers lives worldwide.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801846445-ADNFCR