Oxytocin

General

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  • Common Trade Names: Pitocin

Adult Dosing

Postpartum hemorrhage

  • 10 international units (IU) can be injected intramuscularly OR[1]
  • 20 IU in 1 L of saline may be infused at a rate of 250 mL per hour
    • 500 mL can be infused over 10 minutes without complications.

Pediatric Dosing

Special Populations

Indications

Contraindications

  • Allergy to class/drug

Adverse Reactions

Pharmacology

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Comments

See Also

References

  1. Soriano D et al. A prospective cohort study of oxytocin plus ergometrine compared with oxytocin alone for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1996;103:1068–73.