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One of the common uses of Pitocin® (oxytocin) is to help with the induction of labor. There has to be a medical reason, however, for a healthcare provider to recommend inducing labor with Pitocin. Some of these reasons include the following:
  • Rh problems (when a mother has Rh-negative blood and the baby has Rh-positive blood)
  • When the mother has gestational diabetes
  • When the mother has developed preeclampsia
  • When starting labor is in the best interest of the mother or unborn baby.
Pitocin comes as a liquid that is injected into a muscle or given as an intravenous (IV) infusion. It will be administered by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting. The medication works by stimulating or improving uterine contractions to help with labor and delivery.
(For more details on using this drug for labor induction, click Pitocin Uses. This Web selection takes a look at other possible uses for this medicine, explains how it works, and whether it is safe in younger women.)
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