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Last Updated: March 19, 2022

Oxytocin is administered externally inducing labor at term and to control postpartum bleeding. This medicine is also used in nasal preparation used to promote milk letdown in lactating females.

This famous hormone called Oxytocin is called- the love hormone due to its characteristic feature of effecting human behaviour and to induce empathy, love, generosity, sexual inclination and bonding in them.

This medicine 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.

The primary use of this medication are as follows:

  • Induction Of Labor

  • Postpartum Bleeding

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Fetal Distress

Common side effects of this medication are as follows:

  • 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.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The onset of action of this medicine is within 1 min after its intravenous administration.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    This medicine will remain active for about 30 minutes after its administration.
  • 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.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Oxytocin as ingredient

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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 actomyosins light chain kinase and thus helps in facilitating childbirth.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    Sympathomimetic pressor effects may be increased by oxytocin resulting in postpartum hypertension

Ques: What is Oxytocin

Ans: Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced naturally by the body.

Ques: For what Oxytocin is used for?

Ans: As a medicine, Oxytocin is used to start or improve the contractions during the labor (childbirth) process. It is also used to minimize the bleeding after childbirth.

Ques: How and in what dose can Oxytocin be used?

Ans: It is given as an injection by the medical healthcare professional. The dose is decided by the doctor, depending on the contraction pattern or the current medical situation of the patient.

Ques: Is there any special precaution should I follow, while taking Oxytocin?

Ans: Your medical practitioner would take the proper medical history, and evaluate you before giving this medicine. You should tell your medical history to your doctor.

Ques: What may be the possible side effects associated with Oxytocin use?

Ans: Side effects may include headache, nausea, vomiting, and increased blood pressure. You may also feel increased uterine contractions for some time.
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About Oxytocin
What are the uses of Oxytocin
What are the contraindications of Oxytocin ?
What are the side effects of Oxytocin ?
Key highlights of Oxytocin
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Oxytocin
How does this medication work?
What are the interactions of Oxytocin ?
FAQs about Oxytocin