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Can the drug pitocin (oxytocin) - used to induce and augment labor cause an overreaction requiring c section?

Can the drug pitocin (oxytocin) - used to induce and augment labor cause an overreaction requiring c section?

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 speeds the process. Babies can grow well during pregnancy with a cord/placenta that in not healthy enough to endure the stress of labor (leading to a distress pattern) nurses can stop added pit but not what u make. Distressed babies need to be delivered asap. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Stoller
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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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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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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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Naturally inducing labor before needing pitocin, (oxytocin) what to do?

Naturally inducing labor before needing pitocin, (oxytocin) what to do?

Nothing: Natural initiation of labor is due to several body internal hormone factors that work in concert to start the process. There is nothing that can be done externally to initiate the process. ...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

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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What is pitocin nasal spray?

What is pitocin nasal spray?

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

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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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What is the definition or description of: Pitocin allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Pitocin allergy?

Pitocin allergy: Pitocin (Oxytocin) is a hormone that
strengthens contractions during labor & helps to control bleeding after the baby is delivered. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www. Drugs. Com/cdi/pitocin. Html ...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

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If I am past 37 weeks, 90% effaced and 4 CM dilated can I request pitocin (oxytocin)?

If I am past 37 weeks, 90% effaced and 4 CM dilated can I request pitocin (oxytocin)?

Have a conversation: Patients and doctors need to have a conversation about goals of what is to be accomplished. Even though 37 weeks is considered full term, there needs to be an indication for initiating labour. At 4cm without contractions, that is still not labour. Pitocin (oxytocin) is a drug with potential side effects. The risks and benefits need to always be weighed. ...Read more

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How can pitocin or the drip induction oxytocin cause a subarachnoid hemmorhage? And how can it cause water intoxication?

Pitocin (oxytocin): 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

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Requested no pitocin (oxytocin) be used during labor. Rn says they'd give it after birth. Is it common to be given pitocin (oxytocin) after delivery? Why is this necessary?

Yes, it is: Standard, the most common source of bleeding after delivery occurs when your uterus does not contact and you bleed heavily where the placenta was implanted. The goal is to prevent hemorrhage, it is safe and commonly used. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

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 supplement to assist labor & at proper doses it speeds the process. Babies can grow well during pregnancy with a cord/placenta that in not healthy enough to endure the stress of labor (leading to a distress pattern) nurses can stop added pit but not what u make. ...Read more

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Can pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause autism in children?

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 more

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What are possible reasons why my doctor wants to use pitocin (oxytocin) and not strip membranes?

Discuss with doctor: This question would be best answered by your doctor who knows your history well. Stripping membranes is not a form of induction and only works to start labor in someone who is ready, at best 50% of the time, sometimes less. In addition, if someone is GBS positive, it is not recommended to strip their membranes due to an increased risk of pushing GBS into amniotic sac and putting baby in danger ...Read more

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Can I refuse a pitocin (oxytocin) after birth and just use a uterus massage?

Can I refuse a pitocin (oxytocin) after birth and just use a uterus massage?

You can: But should not. If fundal massage does not cause your uterus to clamp down, you could potentially bleed heavily, and require a transfusion or worse. ...Read more

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Is pitocin (oxytocin) always necessary after section? Doesn't nursing cause uterus to contract?

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 causes the body to produce it's own Pitocin (oxytocin) which will also cause the uterus to contract and decrease bleeding. ...Read more

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How do I get pitocin nasal spray prescription if I don't have any conditions needing it? Doctor suggested using it to help climax during sex

How do I get pitocin nasal spray prescription if I don't have any conditions needing it? Doctor suggested using it to help climax during sex

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 viagra, (sildenafil) which most insurers won't cover as 'not medically necessary' all prescribed meds should be monitored by prescriber esp hormones like yours. ...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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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

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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