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Oxytocin Injections

Available in the form of injections, oxytocin (Pitocin®) can be administered in two ways. It comes as a liquid and can be injected slowly into a vein, also known as an intravenous (IV) infusion. Oxytocin may also be given as an injection into a muscle, also known as an intramuscular (IM) injection.
The specific way your healthcare provider will administer this drug, as well as the particular dosage, will depend on several factors, such as the reason you are receiving this medication and how you respond to it.
Oxytocin is approved for causing or improving uterine contractions in women. It is approved for use in a variety of ways, such as to induce labor or to empty the contents of the uterus for an elective abortion.
(For more information on these injections, click Oxytocin. This Web page offers an overview of this prescription drug, including specific uses, details on how it works, dosing instructions, possible side effects, and more.)
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