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Oxytocin

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: November 30, 2019

This famous hormone called Oxytocin is called the “love hormone” due to its characteristic feature of effecting human behavior and to induce empathy, love, generosity, sexual inclination and bonding in them. This hormone is administered externally inducing labor in women and facilitate child birth, also to stop bleeding after delivery of the baby. It actually increases calcium in the muscle cells that influences uterus contraction, hence it is actually used to help in cause contraction in the uterus thereby facilitating the delivery. Oxytocin is also used to help mothers with breastfeeding and to stimulate milk production.

Oxytocin is a safe medicine when used in the proper dosage. Some of the side effects of this medicine which are reported are increased blood pressure, increased or decreased heart rate, changes in uterine blood flow, nausea and vomiting, allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe, any rupture in the uterus.

Long term or systemic administration of Oxytocin may result in impairment of memory retrieval process as well. This medicine shouldn’t be used if your birth canal is too narrow or small, or the fetus is in a difficult position in the wound and is in distress.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Obstetrician before using this medicine.
  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Syntocinon 5iu injection is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery. Women with uterine contractions should not drive or use machines.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Oxytocin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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The active constituent of this medication is a synthetic version of a hormone, Oxytocin. It works by increasing the intracellular Ca2+ levels in the body. This, in turn, promotes uterine contraction by activating the contractile protein actomyosin’s light chain kinase and thus helps in facilitating childbirth.

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