Pitocin After Birth

There are several approved uses for Pitocin® (oxytocin) in women who need medical assistance to stimulate or improve uterine contractions. Although this drug is commonly used to help induce labor, Pitocin can also be used after childbirth.
 
Specifically, some of the reasons a healthcare provider may prescribe Pitocin after birth include the following:
 
  • To start uterine contractions in the third stage of labor (the stage that occurs after the baby is born until the placenta is delivered) 
  • To control abnormal or excessive bleeding.
 
(For more details on using this drug after childbirth, click Pitocin Uses. This resource also describes other approved uses for this drug, including uses immediately before childbirth. A description of how Pitocin works is also included.)
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