WARNING: This medication is recommended to be used only in pregnancies that have a medical reason for inducing labor (e.g., eclampsia). It is not recommended for elective (voluntary) procedures or to make the birthing process more convenient. For additional information, consult your doctor.
USES: Oxytocin is a hormone used during the late stage of pregnancy to induce labor (contractions). It is often used to induce labor in difficult pregnancies or pregnancies at risk for complications (e.g., preeclampsia, eclampsia, diabetes).
OTHER USES: This drug may also be used during pregnancy to test the heartbeat of the fetus; and to remove the afterbirth (placenta) and control bleeding of the womb (uterus) after childbirth.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, cramping, and stomach pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify the doctor promptly. Tell the doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur in the mother: irregular heartbeat, dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling, severe bleeding (after childbirth), seizures, headache, blurred vision, one-sided weakness. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur in the newborn: irregular heartbeat, yellowing eyes or skin, bleeding in the eyes, seizures. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.