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Dinoprostone is a synthetic hormone-type substance that is important for the progression of labor and delivery. This product comes in several forms, including a vaginal insert, a vaginal gel, and vaginal suppositories. Depending on the product used, dinoprostone has various uses, such as causing contractions, terminating a pregnancy, or softening the cervix in preparation for delivery. Fever, vomiting, and diarrhea are possible side effects.
What Is Dinoprostone?Dinoprostone (Cervidil®, Prepidil®, Prostin E2®) is a type of prostaglandin, a substance found naturally in the body that has hormone-like effects. Prostaglandins play an important role in the process leading up to labor and delivery. Dinoprostone is the active ingredient in several prescription medications, including:
- Cervidil (dinoprostone vaginal insert)
- Prepidil (dinoprostone vaginal gel)
- Prostin E2 (dinoprostone vaginal suppository).