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Original Article

Oral Misoprostol Solution more Effective than a Sublingual Route for Induction of Labor: A Prospective Comparative Trial at Tertiary Care Center

Jyothi Shetty, Rekha Upadhya, Rishpana Rajendran

Keywords : Labor induction, Misoprostol, Oral misoprostol solution, Sublingual administration

Citation Information : Shetty J, Upadhya R, Rajendran R. Oral Misoprostol Solution more Effective than a Sublingual Route for Induction of Labor: A Prospective Comparative Trial at Tertiary Care Center. J South Asian Feder Obs Gynae 2023; 15 (2):165-169.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10006-2205

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 11-05-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Objective: To assess the safety and effectiveness of 25 µg of oral misoprostol solution at the same dose as sublingual misoprostol for labor induction. Design: A prospective comparative trial. Materials and methods: The study included 82 women with term singleton pregnancies who were selected for labor induction. Forty-two patients received sublingual misoprostol every 3 hours, and 40 patients had oral misoprostol solution every 2 hours (six doses). Results: Within 24 hours of induction, 82.5% of the oral group's women delivered vaginally. The sublingual group had 66% women. The Chi-square test was applied to compare two routes, and the result revealed no statistically considerable difference with a p-value of 0.101. In comparison to the oral group (4.43 ± 2.8 hours), the sublingual group (6.25 ± 3.7 hours) had a longer mean interval between the last misoprostol dosage and the onset of labor. Sublingual and oral groups had mean induction to vaginal delivery intervals of 12 ± 5.2 hours and 9 ± 4.5 hours, respectively. A p-value of 0.02 indicated that the difference was statistically considerable. In the sublingual group, 14.2% of patients had meconium-stained liquor, and in the oral group, 10% of patients had meconium-stained liquor. Conclusion: As per the study outcomes, oral misoprostol solution and 25 µg of sublingual misoprostol are both secure and reliable approaches to induce labor in females with an unfavorable cervix. For several measurements, including induction time and vaginal birth rate, we discovered that oral misoprostol solution was more efficient than the sublingual method.

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