Pitocin Dosage

Pitocin Dosage for Miscarriages or Abortions

The usual dose of Pitocin for a missed miscarriage (when a baby has died in the womb and needs to be removed) is 10 units, diluted in 500 mL of a solution, such as normal saline solution. The medication is normally given at a rate of 20 to 40 drops per minute. The total amount should not exceed 30 units in a 12-hour period.
This is also the same recommended dosage for an elective abortion.

General Information on Receiving Pitocin

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Pitocin include the following:
  • Pitocin comes in the form of a liquid that is usually injected slowly into a vein, also known as an IV infusion. It may also be given as an injection into a muscle, also known as an IM injection.
  • This medicine is normally given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, where you can be closely monitored.
  • Pitocin should not be used if the medication contains particles or is discolored.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Pitocin, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Pregnancy and Pain

Pitocin Drug Information

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