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Oxytocin Doses

The specific doses of oxytocin (Pitocin®) your healthcare provider prescribes will depend on the reason you are receiving the medication and how you respond to the drug. How your healthcare provider administers the drug will also depend on the reason it is being used.
For instance, if you are given oxytocin to stimulate or induce labor, the initial dose is usually 3 mL to 6 mL per hour given intravenously (by IV). However, when used to control bleeding after childbirth, oxytocin can be injected into a muscle (intramuscular injection), and usually an initial dose is 10 units.
Because doses of oxytocin are highly individualized, your healthcare provider will need important information on your medical history and any other medications you are taking to help ensure a safe treatment process.
(Click Oxytocin Dosage for a closer look at how these doses are determined for each woman, along with considerations to keep in mind while receiving this drug.)
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