Pitocin Uses

How Does It Work?

Pitocin works by attaching to oxytocin receptors on the wall of the uterus. The number of these receptors increases during pregnancy and is highest in early labor. By binding to the receptors, Pitocin increases the calcium concentration in the uterine muscle cells. This causes the uterus to contract. Every woman will respond differently to this drug, depending on how many oxytocin receptors she has. Therefore, the Pitocin dosage is highly individualized.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Pitocin?

Pitocin has not been studied in children and is not approved for use in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication in females younger than 18 years old.

Off-Label Pitocin Uses

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medications for something other than the approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for Pitocin.
Pregnancy and Pain

Pitocin Drug Information

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