Oxytocin Injection

Name: Oxytocin Injection

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Follow your doctor's instructions about what to eat and drink while you are receiving this medication.


Important Notice

Elective induction of labor is defined as the initiation of labor in a pregnant individual who has no medical indications for induction. Since the available data are inadequate to evaluate the benefits to- risks considerations, Pitocin is not indicated for elective induction of labor.


Pitocin is indicated for the initiation or improvement of uterine contractions, where this is desirable and considered suitable for reasons of fetal or maternal concern, in order to achieve vaginal delivery. It is indicated for (1) induction of labor in patients with a medical indication for the initiation of labor, such as Rh problems, maternal diabetes, preeclampsia at or near term, when delivery is in the best interests of mother and fetus or when membranes are prematurely ruptured and delivery is indicated; (2) stimulation or reinforcement of labor, as in selected cases of uterine inertia; (3) as adjunctive therapy in the management of incomplete or inevitable abortion. In the first trimester, curettage is generally considered primary therapy. In second trimester abortion, oxytocin infusion will often be successful in emptying the uterus. Other means of therapy, however, may be required in such cases.


Pitocin is indicated to produce uterine contractions during the third stage of labor and to control postpartum bleeding or hemorrhage.

What is the most important information i should know about oxytocin (pitocin)?

You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to oxytocin.

Before you receive oxytocin, tell your caregivers if you have genital herpes, diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder, or if you have ever had cervical cancer, a severe uterine infection, or surgery (including a C-section) on your cervix or uterus. Also tell your caregivers if you have ever had difficult labor because you have a small pelvis, if your pregnancy is less than 37 weeks, or if you have had 5 or more pregnancies.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially cough or cold medicine, medicines that contain caffeine (such as migraine headache medicine), or a stimulant such as ADHD medication.

What should i discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving oxytocin (pitocin)?

You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to oxytocin.

To make sure oxytocin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • genital herpes;
  • diabetes;
  • high blood pressure;
  • a heart rhythm disorder;
  • a history of cervical cancer;
  • a history of severe infection in your uterus;
  • a history of difficult labor because you have a small pelvis;
  • if you have ever had surgery on your cervix or uterus (including a prior C-section);
  • if your pregnancy is less than 37 weeks; or
  • if you have had 5 or more pregnancies.


Consult your pharmacist.


If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.


No monograph available at this time.

Missed Dose

Consult your pharmacist.


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Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Information last revised July 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.