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Oxytocin Dosage

If a healthcare provider recommends oxytocin, he or she will determine the appropriate dosage based on the reason you are receiving the medication and how you respond to it. Depending on the particular use, oxytocin can be injected into a muscle or given as an intravenous infusion. The drug is administered by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting where you can be closely monitored.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Oxytocin

The dose of oxytocin (Pitocin®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:
 
  • The reason you are receiving the medication
  • How you respond to it.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Oxytocin Dosing Guidelines to Induce or Stimulate Labor

When used to start or stimulate labor, oxytocin is given as a slow injection into a vein, also known as an intravenous (IV) infusion. The usual dosage will vary from woman to woman.
 
Oxytocin must be diluted before use. The normal starting dose is 3 mL to 6 mL of the diluted solution per hour. Your healthcare provider will closely monitor the activity of your uterus, as well as your baby's heart rate. This amount will be increased gradually, if needed, every 30 to 60 minutes, until contractions resemble those of normal labor. At this point, the dosage will be slowly decreased. If at any time contractions become too strong or your baby is not doing well, the medication will be stopped.
 

Oxytocin Dosing Guidelines to Control Bleeding After Childbirth

Oxytocin may be given as an IV infusion or an intramuscular (IM) injection to control bleeding after childbirth. The usual initial IV dose is 10 units to 40 units of oxytocin added to an already running IV solution. Your healthcare provider will monitor your contractions closely, and adjust your dosage as needed.
 
The usual IM dose is 10 units (1 mL) of oxytocin injected into a muscle after delivery of the placenta.
 
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