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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Generally safe: Pitocin (oxytocin) can make you contract too much. To prevent this, usually it is started at a low dose and increased slowly until the contractions ar ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alysia Townsend
19 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends on cervix: Before induction your current cervical exam is used as a determinant for which mode of induction. Cervidil is most likely used when the cervix is les ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lutz
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nearly all use: Some use for induction but nearly all use after delivery to contract uterus.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
26 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cervical Ripening: The purpose of the gel is to prepare the cervix to dilate. It makes the cervix softer and sometimes causes slight dilation. The pitocin (oxytocin) g ... Read More
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience in Internal Medicine
No longer available: This used to be available but was removed from the US market in 1995. The medication pitocin(oxytocin is the chemical) is used to help induce(initiat ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your own body makes to help you squeeze out a baby. It helps increase the effectiveness of the contractions. Drs can add a ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Labor: Stripping membranes or rupturing membranes are two ways.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Effective 4 some : Nipple stimulation can be effective for some. It triggers a release of a hormone called oxytocin from the brain. Always get clearance from your doctor ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Kobasa
36 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Helps: Pitocin (oxytocin) is given during labor to increase the frequency and strenght of the contractions. If a patients contractions are not adeequate to ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your body makes.It helps increase the effectiveness of contractions.Drs can add a pit to assist labor & at proper doses it ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience in Psychiatry
ask prescriber: It is not illegal to prescribe meds for an 'off-label' or non-fda indications but the insurer may not cover it. This sounds like a use similar to via ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Same token: Endogenous oxytocin release during orgasm can cause uterine contractions; by the same token, exogenous oxytocin can cause uterine contractions outside ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience in Pediatrics
Not proven: There is one study that proposes, at the molecular level that an excess of oxytocin during birth could cross the infants blood brain barrier in sheep ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Usually and yes: Pitocin (oxytocin) is almost always used after a cesarean delivery to insure that the uterus stays contracted and minimize blood loss. Nursing caus ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prevents death : Bleeding after delivery (post partum hemorrhage) throughout human history is one if the leading causes of death in women. Fortunately in first world c ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Much safer: Nifedipine (brand name: procardia) is a much safer class of medication for premature labor than it's predecessors, such as terbutaline or ritodrine, w ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pitocin (oxytocin) has been : Used for years and continues to be used if it is used properly it is very safe I use it on almost all of my inductions and to augment labor without in ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
YES!: Progesterone shots weekly between 16-37 weeks prevent up to 31-42% of recurrent preterm labor in women who have already had a preterm birth in a previ ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
12 years experience in Anesthesiology
Very safe: Labor epidurals have minimal risks which can include bleeding, epidural hematoma, epidural abscess, intravascular placement, subarachnoid placement, p ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abraham Morse
27 years experience in Urogynecology
Probably not but: If you are close to your delivery date, you should concentrate on keeping comfortable and not over-do excercises. If you find the you are sore from ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danae Steele
30 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Terbutaline can be used to stop contractions, but it is not terribly effective, and has some significant side effects so it is not being used very muc ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
No: They are different hormones with completely different effects.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: But too much caffine at term can be bad for your heart , if you re 39-40 weeks please discuss with your OB about inducing, I have delivered over 5000 ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes.: Irritable bowel syndrome can be associated with chronic stress, depression, dehydration and inflammation, all of which can cause preterm contractions ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Schifilliti
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Who uses buccal pit?: The discussion of the risks and proper use of pitotcin is a long one. Suffice it to say the use of buccal pitotcin to induce/augment labor involves al ... Read More
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