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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

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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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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Can pitocin produce a bad reaction?

Can pitocin produce a bad reaction?

Generally safe: Pitocin 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 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 percentage of births involve the use of pitocin?

What percentage of  births involve the use of pitocin?

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?

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

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 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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Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin induction?

Effectiveness of cervadil vs pitocin 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. ...Read more

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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

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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Why do they give pitocin for difficult labor?

Why do they give pitocin for difficult labor?

Helps: Pitocin 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 can be given. ...Read more

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Why can a labour induction by a pitocin 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 is known to increase blood pressure, sometimes, as an undesired side effect. It is possible this is the mechanism. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Pitocin (Definition)

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