Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)
What is Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) used for?
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) is a naturally occurring hormone, which is produced by the hypothalamus, and is stored in the pituitary gland. It can make the uterus contract. This injection is administered to help induce labor, or to strengthen it. It may also be used to help control the bleeding that occurs after the birth of a child, and for other purposes not stated here.
How should I use Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)?
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) is administered by a physician or other qualified health care professional, usually in a hospital or health care facility. Your physician or care givers will monitor your contractions and your general condition while you are being given this medication. Follow the instructions of your physician.
What are the side effects of Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)?
Possible side effects which may occur after a patient has been given Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) include:
As you will be given this injection in a hospital setting, it is important to immediately tell your physician or any other health care professionals about any side effects you experience.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.