Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)
What is Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) used for?
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) is a naturally occurring hormone in injectable form that is used to induce labor in pregnant women or to increase the strength of contractions during childbirth. It contains the same hormone produced by the hypothalamus that operates by causing the uterus to contract. It may also be used for the treatment of excess bleeding that may occur following childbirth or for other unlisted purposes determined by your physician.
How should I use Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)?
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) is normally administered by your physician and should always be used strictly according to instructions of the prescription to ensure the safest results. The correct dosage and frequency of administration will depend on the condition being treated, your weigh, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. Before each use sterilize the needle and injection site, collect the prescribed amount of medication into the syringe, and slowly inject it into the vein or muscle. Always observe the medication prior to each use to make sure it is not cloudy or discolored as this may indicate contamination. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)?
Side effects that may occur while using Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are irregular heartbeats, chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe hypertension, excessive bleeding following childbirth, severe headaches, hallucinations, seizures, or faintness. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure any necessary adjustments are made to your application frequency to prevent further health problems.
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) should not be used by males or by women who have unusually strong uterine contractions, when vaginal delivery is not possible, or if the baby is in fetal distress. It is also important to inform your physician if you have previously had a cesarean section, heart disease, pre-eclampsia, if the womb begins to contract less strongly, or if you have a small pelvis making vaginal delivery difficult. These conditions may cause problems during treatment requiring special alterations to your regimen.
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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.