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Oxytocin Side Effects

Because oxytocin is an older medication, there is only general information available on the possible side effects. Some of the commonly reported reactions include nausea, allergic reactions, and an abnormal heartbeat. Serious problems can also occur, so let your healthcare provider know right away if you are receiving oxytocin and develop side effects like confusion, vision problems, or a sudden, severe headache.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Oxytocin

Just like any medicine, oxytocin (Pitocin®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the drug will have problems. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with oxytocin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Oxytocin Side Effects

Some side effects of oxytocin are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • A sudden, severe headache
  • Vision problems
  • Confusion
  • Extreme vaginal bleeding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe anxiety
  • A fluttering, pounding, or otherwise abnormal heartbeat
  • Abnormally strong or frequent uterine contractions
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness.
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