Generic Pitocin

OXYTOCIN is a man-made form of a natural hormone. It works by causing the uterus to contract. It is used to increase the strength of contractions of the uterus. It can be used during childbirth to speed delivery or after childbirth to control bleeding. It is also used clear the uterus after an incomplete abortion or miscarriage. Compare pituitary hormones.

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Oxytocin Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:



convulsions (seizures)

difficulty in breathing


fast or irregular heartbeat

headache (continuing or severe)


pelvic or abdominal pain (severe)

skin rash or itching

vaginal bleeding (increased or continuing)


weight gain (rapid)

Incidence not known

Abdominal pain or cramping

blood clotting problem that causes prolonged bleeding

chest pain or discomfort


difficulty swallowing

extra heartbeats



pounding or rapid pulse

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

severe bleeding after giving birth

shortness of breath

tightness in the chest

unusual tiredness or weakness


Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose




slow to respond

slurred speech


Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:




Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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