Ritodrine is a selective j2 agonist originally developed as a uterine relaxant. Ritodrine is rapidly but incompletely (30%) absorbed following oral administration; 90% of the drug is excreted in the urine as inactive conjugates; ~50% of ritodrine is excreted unchanged after intravenous administration. The pharmacokinetic properties of ritodrine are complex and incompletely defined, especially in pregnant women. Administered intravenously to selected patients, ritodrine can arrest premature labor and prolong pregnancy; however, j2-selective agonists may not have clinically significant benefits on perinatal mortality and may actually increase maternal morbidity. In one trial comparing nifedipine with ritodrine in managing preterm labor, nifedipine was associated with a longer postponement of delivery, fewer maternal side effects, and fewer admissions to the neonatal intensive care unit.

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