Oxytocin (Injection)

Introduction

Oxytocin (ox-i-TOE-sin)

Brings on or strengthens labor contractions during childbirth. Also used to control bleeding after childbirth, or to induce an abortion.

Brand Name(s)

NovaPlus Oxytocin, Pitocin

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to oxytocin, or if you have ever had a ruptured uterus or a previous C-section that left scar tissue in your uterus.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • It is important not to drink too much water or other clear liquids while you are receiving this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you are using.
  • This medicine is generally not used in women who are having multiple births (twins, triplets, etc).

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • Extreme thirst, confusion, agitation, weakness, muscle twitching
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Sudden, severe, and ongoing headache
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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