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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
How can pitocin or the drip induction oxytocin cause a subarachnoid hemmorhage? And how can it cause water intoxication?
Pitocin: Pitocin has an anti diuretic effect and one of its side effects is water intoxication. Pitocin is just synthetic oxytocin, which is secreted by the posterior pituitary. Subarachnoid hemorrhage can have multiple causes, unsure if pitocin associated with that. An MFM specialist might have a better explanation for that. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you have to have pitocin when you have prolonged labor? i would like to try avoid chemical inductions due to risk of AFE, I am terrified
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(initiate) labor in women and can help prevent bleeding after giving birth. There has been some data in the past that suggested intranasal(nose spray) Pitocin decreased stress hormone release in the elderly. ...Read more
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 and mice. This was published almost 10 years ago, and as far as i know there has been nothing further. On the other hand there are some studies that are proposing the use of oxytocin to aid in repetitive behaviors seen in the autistic spectrum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i had a bad reaction to pitocin for inducing labor will I have a similar reaction to cytotec i've been told to take before a dnc for a miscarriage ?
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