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What gland produces oxytocin, vasopressin adh?

What gland produces oxytocin, vasopressin adh?

The pituitary gland.: These hormones are chemically very similar, yet functionally distinct. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Stoller
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Oxytocin (Definition)

Brings on or strengthens labor contractions during childbirth. Also used to ...Read more


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Would intranasal oxytocin go from lungs to the bloodstream and act as a hormone? I'm wondering since I don't have a pituitary gland, so no OT hormone.

Would intranasal oxytocin go from lungs to the bloodstream and act as a hormone? I'm wondering since I don't have a pituitary gland, so no OT hormone.

Oxytocin: Oxytocin is a peptide made by the hypothalamus & stored/secreted by the posterior pituitary gland. When administered intranasally, it can act on the breasts and uterus via the systemic blood circulation. However, it's unclear whether it can cross the blood-brain barrier directly to affect the brain. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2013/12/08/spinal-taps-save-oxytocin-research/ ...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?

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?

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

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Can you tell me about being induced with gel then pitocin (oxytocin)?

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) gives you the contractions of real labor. This combination is a good way to induce labor if your body is ready or there is a medical need for induction. Best wishes! ...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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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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Pitocin (Definition)

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