Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)
What is Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) used for?
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) is an injectable medication prescribed to induce labour in pregnant women. The medication contains a naturally occurring hormone that triggers the uterine contractions required for childbirth. This function may also make it useful for managing certain types of miscarriage, strengthening contractions when they are not strong enough, or preventing excess bleeding following child birth. Your doctor may also prescribe the use of this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)?
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) should be used strictly according to the instructions of your doctor to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The correct dosage and frequency of administration will be determined by your age, weigh, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. This injection is normally performed by a doctor or fully trained health professional at a hospital or clinic. The injection is performed by sterilizing the syringe and site of injection, collecting the prescribed amount of solution in the syringe, clearing any air by holding it upright and tapping the syringe until a drop of medicine emerges, and then slowly injecting it into a muscle or vein. Observe the medication prior to each use to make sure it is not cloudy or discoloured as this may indicate contamination. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin)?
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any worrying or serious side effects such as severe headaches, faintness, irregular heartbeats, severe hypertension, anxiety, difficulty speaking, fatigue, muscle cramps, hallucinations, or seizures. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) should not be administered to men or to women who have a vaginal obstruction preventing delivery, strong uterine contractions, situations in which induced labour is not advised, or if the baby is in foetal distress. It is also noted that the medication should not be used for long term use if the patient has pre-eclamptic toxaemia, circulation problems, or if contractions to not strengthen following treatment. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have heart disease, hypertension caused by pregnancy, if you have had a caesarian section, if the womb begins to contract more weakly, or if factors such as a small pelvis make vaginal difficulty difficult. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.