Pitocin Dosing for Induction

When used for the induction of labor, Pitocin® (oxytocin) dosing guidelines will vary for each woman, depending on how she responds to the drug. However, the normal starting dose is 3 mL to 6 mL of diluted Pitocin solution per hour. It will be given as a slow injection into a vein, also known as an intravenous (IV) infusion.
 
Your healthcare provider will closely monitor the activity of your uterus, as well as your baby's heart rate. If needed, the Pitocin dose can be increased gradually every 30 to 60 minutes until contractions resemble those of normal labor. At this point, the dosage will be slowly decreased. Your healthcare provider may stop the medication at any time if you start having severely intense contractions or if your baby is not doing well.
 
(Click Pitocin Dosage for more information on dosing guidelines for labor induction. This article also discusses dosing recommendations for other uses of this drug and explains what to expect while receiving it.)
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