Because each woman who receives Pitocin will respond differently to the drug, the specific dosage used will vary. The amount will depend on factors such as the reason you are receiving this drug and how you respond to it. Pitocin can be administered intravenously or by an intramuscular injection. It will be given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting.
An Introduction to Dosing With PitocinThe dose of Pitocin® (oxytocin) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:
- The reason you are receiving the medication
- How you respond to it.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Pitocin Dosage to Induce or Stimulate LaborWhen used to start or stimulate labor, Pitocin is given as a slow injection into a vein, also known as an intravenous (IV) infusion. The usual dosage will vary from woman to woman.
Pitocin must be diluted before use. The normal starting dose is 3 mL to 6 mL of the diluted solution per hour. Your healthcare provider will closely monitor the activity of your uterus, as well as your baby's heart rate. The amount will be increased gradually, if needed, every 30 to 60 minutes, until contractions resemble those of normal labor. At this point, the dosage will be slowly decreased. If at any time contractions become too strong or your baby is not doing well, the medication will be stopped.
Pitocin Dosage to Control Bleeding After ChildbirthPitocin may be given as an IV infusion or an intramuscular (IM) injection to control bleeding after childbirth. The usual initial IV dose is 10 units to 40 units added to an already running IV solution. Your healthcare provider will monitor your contractions closely and adjust your Pitocin dose as needed.
The usual IM dose is 10 units (1 mL) injected into a muscle after delivery of the placenta.