Pitocin Drug Information
Pitocin® (oxytocin) is prescribed to pregnant women either immediately before or right after childbirth. This drug attaches to oxytocin receptors on the wall of the uterus, causing the uterus to contract. It is approved for several uses, such as:
- Inducing labor
- Improving the efficiency of uterine contractions during labor
- Emptying the contents of pregnancy from the uterus for an elective abortion.
This medicine comes in the form of a liquid that is given as an intravenous (IV) infusion or as an injection into a muscle (intramuscular injection). The dosage is highly individualized and will depend on the reason the woman is receiving the drug and how she responds to it.
Before receiving Pitocin, your healthcare provider needs information on your medical history and any other drugs or supplements you are taking. There are certain circumstances in which a woman should not receive this drug, such as if she has had a previous C-section or had a difficult labor and delivery in the past.
(Click Pitocin for more information on this medication. This resource offers a complete overview on this drug, including how it works, details on its safety and effectiveness, and possible side effects.)