Always consult a medical doctor or patient care specialist before using oxytocin injections.
Indications and Usage
Oxytocin injections are used in inducing labor, as they stimulate labor contractions when the contractions are considered weak. Oxytocin is indicated in the prevention and control of heavy bleeding following child-delivery (post-partum hemorrhage). It is also used in the management of certain kinds of miscarriage and can be used after caesarian section.
Do not take oxytocin if:
- You have been given a vaginal prostaglandin in the previous six hours;
- Your frequency, strength, and length of contractions are not well monitored;
- Your babies’ heartbeat is not monitored;
- You have unusually strong uterine contractions;
- Your baby is short of oxygen (fetal distress);
- You have an obstruction that would prevent vaginal delivery;
- You have any of the following: a scar in the womb, placenta praevia, the baby is in the wrong position, or when vaginal delivery is considered impossible.;
- You have serious heart or circulation problems;
- You are not in a proper medical facility
Administration and Dosage
Use of oxytocin injections during pregnancy or breastfeeding does not appear to be harmful. Consult your doctor or health care professional before taking oxytocin.
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for a guideline on dosage. Do not exceed the advisable dosage. The usual dose for adults is 0.5 – 1mu/min; dosage is strictly according to your doctor’s instructions. It is also not harmful in children if used under a doctor’s guidance and supervision.
Possible interactions with oxytocin injections include anesthesia, warfarin, prochlorperazine and host of other medications. Oxytocin injections should not be taken with alcohol. Consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking, before your treatment with oxytocin injections.
Use oxytocin with caution if:
- You are over 35 years of age;
- You are more than 40 weeks pregnant;
- You have had complications during pregnancy;
- You have a small pelvis;
- You have previously had a caesarian section;
- You have heart disease;
- You are having pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure caused by pregnancy);
- You have kidney problems;
- Your womb contracts more than usual.
Taking more medicines may cause poisoning, side effects or death. Please call the emergency department if you suspect oxytocin injections overdose.
No adverse reactions have been reported.
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