Pitocin Risks

Because Pitocin® (oxytocin) is not safe for every woman, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of your medical history and if you are taking any other medications. Some of the specific risks of receiving Pitocin can include:
  • Extremely high blood pressure
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Uterine rupture (tear in the uterus)
  • Abnormal, intense, and frequent uterine contractions that can be harmful to the mother and unborn child.
Before you receive Pitocin to cause or improve uterine contractions, let your healthcare provider know if you have had a difficult labor and delivery in the past or if you have had a previous C-section. The more information your healthcare provider has on your medical history, the more he or she can help minimize any potential risks with Pitocin.
(Click Pitocin Warnings and Precautions for a closer look at the potential risks of using this drug in certain women, including potentially life-threatening complications that may occur in the mother or unborn child.)
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