Pitocin Warnings and Precautions

Who Should Not Receive Pitocin?

You should not receive Pitocin if:
  • Your healthcare provider has determined that your baby may be in fetal distress (not doing well) and delivery is not about to happen.
  • Your baby's head or body may be too large to fit through your pelvis.
  • Your baby is not in the normal position needed for delivery (head-down position).
  • There is an emergency and it will be safer for you or your baby for surgery to occur.
  • You are having adequate contractions, but your labor is not proceeding as it should.
  • Your healthcare provider has determined you should not give birth vaginally.
  • You are allergic to Pitocin, oxytocin, or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which Pitocin should not be used, along with several warnings and precautions people should be aware of before receiving it. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific safety concerns that may apply to you.
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