Side Effects of Pitocin

Because Pitocin® (oxytocin) is an older medication, there is limited information available about how often side effects occur with this drug. However, based on general information about Pitocin, adverse reactions may include:
  • An abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Pelvic redness, pain, bruising, or swelling
  • Bleeding events, including bleeding in the brain
  • A tear in the wall of the uterus (uterine rupture).
This drug can also cause adverse reactions in the newborn. Some of the reported problems that have occurred in newborns whose mothers received Pitocin right before childbirth have included:
  • An abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Brain damage
  • Bleeding in the blood vessels of the retina (the tissue that lines the back of the eye).
(Click Pitocin Side Effects for more detailed information on other problems with this drug. This article also explains which reactions are potentially dangerous and require immediate medical treatment.)
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