About Pitocin: Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) - 0.5mL is a medicinal injection used in the treatment of delayed delivery. Pitocin is a clear and colourless substance consisting of an artificial form of oxytocin. Each portion contains 10 units of oxytocic hormone per millilitre of medication and 0.5% of chlorobutanol. The medication works by increasing the contractions and smooth muscles of the uterus. It is also responsible for inducing labour that has already started and prevent excessive bleeding from child birth. This is otherwise the task of oxytocin released from the pituitary gland in the brain; Pitocin is a synthetic version of oxytocin. The hormone is designed not to react or be contaminated by vasopressin (ADH) and other natural polypeptides. Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) is FDA approved.
How to use Pitocin
Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) is injected on intramuscular regions of the body, these include the hip, upper arm or the buttocks. The dosage and frequency of treatment is determined by a physician and will also depend on the condition of the patient. Self-medication is greatly discouraged since it might lead to misuse or overdosing that might cause adverse effects.
Patients are advised to follow a doctor’s prescription if they desire to use Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin). This medication is given to strengthen labour; for the first time, the dose supposed to be given is 0.5 to 1 milliunits every minute and increased after 15 to 60 minutes to 1 – 2 milliunits until labour returns to normal. For controlling bleeding after delivery, the dose is 10 units given in 20 to 40 milliunits every minute. Medication should not exceed 30 units within a 12-hour period.
Pitocin Side Effects
Using Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) - 0.5mL may cause some possible side effects. Although these side effects are not severe, patients should contact a doctor if they feel uneasy or discomfort. These side effects include; nausea, severe allergic reactions, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, bleeding after child birth, vomiting, rupturing of the womb.
Allergic reactions should be reported to the doctor as soon as possible to avoid any unwanted adverse effects. Symptoms of allergic reactions include; difficulty in breathing and swallowing, swelling, hives and skin rashes. Pregnant women, breast-feeding women and those trying to conceive should consult a doctor before taking this medication as it may not be suitable in their condition. Patients taking other medication should also inform the doctor before prescribing Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) to prevent any drug interaction that might harm the health of the user. Adjusting the dosage after being prescribed is discouraged as it might lead to overdosing or wrong administering of the medication. Pitocin Injection (Oxytocin) - 0.5mL should be stored in a cool place of around 2 to 8 degrees to avoid expiration earlier than expected.