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Dr. Kenneth Stoller
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Oxytocin (Overview)

Brings on or strengthens labor contractions during childbirth. Also used to control bleeding after childbirth.


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What does oxytocin do?

What does oxytocin do?

It is used to: Induce or stimulate labor in the hospital by a specific protocol by a contolled IV pump. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Stoller
221 doctors shared insights

Oxytocin (Overview)

Brings on or strengthens labor contractions during childbirth. Also used to control bleeding after childbirth.


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What is an oxytocin challenge test?

What is an oxytocin challenge test?

Fetal statuss check: A oxytocin challenge test(oct) involves giving a pregnant mother the drug to stimulate at least 3 contractions in a 10 minute interval to check whether the fetal heart rate accelerates(reassuring) or declines. It allows the OB md to check on the fetal status especially when there are concerns about the baby's wellbeing. ...Read more

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Why, when gals don' feel 'cuddly', or can't stand being in the room w/ their baby (as on the doctors tv show) are they not prescribed oxytocin? Ali

Why, when gals don' feel 'cuddly', or can't stand being  in the room w/ their baby (as on the doctors tv show) are they not prescribed oxytocin? Ali

Good thought: Synthetic oxytocin, pitocin, is only used intravenously to help with labor. The new mom should be making plenty of her own oxytocin. Being a new mom, and not getting enough sleep, can make it difficult to bond with a baby at first. This will come with time. If her feelings are intense, and do not improve, she should be seen by her doctor to see if she has postpartum depression. ...Read more

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Oxytocin use in office setting ok?

Oxytocin use in office setting ok?

Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a powerful hormone. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up. It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. In fact, the hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. Prairie voles, one of nature's most monogamous species, produce oxytocin in spades. This hormone is also greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breast feeding, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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Ergometrime n oxytocine used together for postpasturm bleeding. But oxytocin causes vasodilation while erg. Cause vasoconstrict?So how they work?

Muscle contraction: The uterus is a remarkable organ. After stretching to an incredible size (from normal), it then contractss or tightens upon itself to close the large blood vessels developed during pregnancy to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth. Oxytocin stimulates and enhances this contractile activity ergotamine also causes uterine contractions as well as blood vessel constriction, reducing bleeding. ...Read more

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Does oxytocin work for treatment of stalled labor?

Yes: Yes, if there are not any pelvic obstructions or fetal status problems. It is also known as Pitocin (oxytocin) in synthetic form. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take oxytocin in labor?

Is it safe to take oxytocin in labor?

Usually: Oxitocin is often needed to supplement the natural oxitocin your body makes when you need to make more progress in labor.Once your water breaks, the longer labor takes the more chance germs have to ascend & infect baby & mom. Administration requires close monitoring & can be stopped if signs of fetal distress are noted. Un-monitored use can lead to tragic outcomes. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of oxytocin if given to female as buccal pitocin?

What are the side effects of oxytocin if given to female as buccal pitocin?

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 all the usual risks of pitotcin in addition to the fact that buccal pitotcin is absorbed and dispersed in a less controlled fashion than iv. I am curious where and when buccal pitotcin is being used. ...Read more

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How many women have side effects from oxytocin in labor?

How many women have side effects from oxytocin in labor?

Extremely rare: Obstetericians are generally very skilled in using oxytocin, and its effects are very closely monitored in labor. In competent hands, it has been an effective and safe med for almost 60 years -- but overly augmenting labor contractions without a ripe cervix can result in failed deliveries, c-sections, and worse. ...Read more

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What does oxytocin do?

It is used to: Induce or stimulate labor in the hospital by a specific protocol by a contolled IV pump. ...Read more

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What are natural sources of oxytocin?

It's made in your: Brain. Hypothalamus, to be exact.

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Can pitocin (oxytocin) produce a bad reaction?

Can pitocin (oxytocin) produce a bad reaction?

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 are close enough together to open the cervix. Not everyone needs Pitocin (oxytocin) in labor. It is used when the contractions a woman is having on her own are not opening the cervix. ...Read more

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What happens if you have hypo or hyper oxytocin?

Not a disease: There is no such disease or syndrome for low or high oxytocin. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get oxytocin from a natural source?

Is it possible to get oxytocin from a natural source?

No.: Oxytocin is produced in the pituitary gland. Recovering hormones from humans (or animals) is associated w/ many risks. So there is no good reason to attempt to extract from living or dead persons/animals. To my knowledge, this is not being done anywhere. Oxytocin is a relatively easy protein made in the lab w/ the identical Amino Acid sequence found naturally in human beings -& it works perfectly. ...Read more

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Are there disorders that are caused by hyper secretion of oxytocin?

Hyper-oxytocinemia? : Oxytocin is 1 of 8 hormones released by the pituitary gland, which is divided into the anterior & posterior lobes. Posterior lobe secretes oxytocin & adh (vasopressin). Main actions: aid w/ uterine contraction during labor & w/ release of breast milk. Excess can cause harder uterine contractions & stress the fetus. Hyper secretion in non-pregnant /non-nursing female is rare & need endocrinology consultation. ...Read more

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Oxytocin use in office setting ok?

Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a powerful hormone. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up. It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. In fact, the hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. Prairie voles, one of nature's most monogamous species, produce oxytocin in spades. This hormone is also greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breast feeding, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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What is an oxytocin challenge test?

Fetal statuss check: A oxytocin challenge test(oct) involves giving a pregnant mother the drug to stimulate at least 3 contractions in a 10 minute interval to check whether the fetal heart rate accelerates(reassuring) or declines. It allows the OB md to check on the fetal status especially when there are concerns about the baby's wellbeing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to by oxytocin over the counter?

No: This is a prescription item and not for OTC sale. If you find some allegedly oxytocin in a non-prescription place, it is probably something else and most likely will have no effect. ...Read more

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Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin (oxytocin) induction?

Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin (oxytocin) induction?

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 less soft, dilated, and effaced (thinned out), and more posterior, as it increases prostaglandins release to stimulate dilation, thinning and softening. Those who are already dilated and effaced benefit more from pitocin (oxytocin). ...Read more

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What percentage of births involve the use of pitocin (oxytocin)?

What percentage of  births involve the use of pitocin (oxytocin)?

Nearly all use: Some use for induction but nearly all use after delivery to contract uterus. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Pitocin (Definition)

Pitocin is a labor inducer which is a kind of women's ...Read more