Oxytocin (Pitocin)

Basics and Frequently Asked Questions


Oxytocin (Pitocin) is used to start or strengthen contractions in the uterus (womb) during childbirth in certain situations. It's also used to control bleeding in the mother after the birth. Oxytocin (Pitocin) is given as an injection by a trained healthcare provider.




Oxytocic agent


Not a controlled medication


Lower-cost generic available


Prescription only

Reviewed by:

Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD

Cydnee Ng, PharmD

Last reviewed on:

June 20, 2022

Frequently asked questions about oxytocin (Pitocin)

Interactions between oxytocin (Pitocin) and other medications

Oxytocin (Pitocin) may interact with certain medications or supplements. Always let your doctor and pharmacist know about any other medications or supplements (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements) that you are currently taking. The list below does not include all possible drug interactions with oxytocin (Pitocin). Please note that only the generic name of each medication is listed below.

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are receiving this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

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