oxytocin, Pitocin

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GENERIC NAME: oxytocin

BRAND NAME: Pitocin

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Oxytocin is a protein produced by the pituitary gland of mammals including man. Pitocin is a man-made version of oxytocin used for stimulating contraction of the uterus. Oxytocin works by increasing the concentration of calcium inside muscle cells that control contraction of the uterus. Increased calcium increases contraction of the uterus. The FDA approved oxytocin in November 1980.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Oxytocin is used for inducing labor, controlling bleeding after child birth, and treatment of incomplete or inevitable abortion.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of oxytocin include:

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Injection: 10 units/ml

STORAGE: Oxytocin should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 25 C (59 F to 77 F).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/19/2015



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