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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

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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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)?

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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Do you have to have pitocin (oxytocin) when you have prolonged labor? i would like to try avoid chemical inductions due to risk of AFE, I am terrified

Do you have to have pitocin (oxytocin) when you have prolonged labor? i would like to try avoid chemical inductions due to risk of AFE, I am terrified

Very Very Rare...: Fortunately, Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) is very rare. Most Ob/Gyns practice their entire career without seeing a single case. Oxytocin is recommended for many reasons including prolonged labor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Acog released study re some adverse outcomes of use of pitocin (oxytocin) in labour augmentation. How worrisome is this for those of us who had pitocin (oxytocin) used?

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 inducing and augmenting my patients many could have ended up with problems, some doctors abuse and do not use Pitocin (oxytocin) properly ( not too many) in those cases it can cause problems, Pitocin (oxytocin) has saved many of my pts from c-section have done 5000+delivery. ...Read more

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Why do they give pitocin (oxytocin) for difficult labor?

Why do they give pitocin (oxytocin) for difficult labor?

Helps: Pitocin (oxytocin) is given during labor to increase the frequency and strenght of the contractions. If a patients contractions are not adeequate to cause further dilation, Pitocin (oxytocin) can be given. ...Read more

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Why can a labour induction by a pitocin (oxytocin) drip cause a subarachnoid hemmorhage? How is that possible? What mechanisms lead to that?

Hypertension: Subarachnoid hemorrhage usually occurs from increased blood pressure or trauma. Pitocin (oxytocin) is known to increase blood pressure, sometimes, as an undesired side effect. It is possible this is the mechanism. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Pitocin (Definition)

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