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Brand name: Cervidil TM

Active ingredients: dinoprostone

What it is used for

Cervical ripening in patients, at or near term, who have favourable induction features and in whom there is a medical or obstetrical indication for induction of labour.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Vaginal
  • Store between minus 10 - minus 20 degrees Celsius
  • Store in a deep freeze
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Thin, flat polymeric pessary, which is rectangular in shape with rounded corners. The pessary is contained within an off-white knitted polyester retrieval system.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient dinoprostone

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at

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