Who should take oxytocin?

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Only women whose healthcare practitioners have prescribed oxytocin should use oxytocin. Oxytocin is prescribed to:

  • induce labor in pregnant women who have a medical condition like Rh problems, diabetes, and preeclampsia that calls for labor induction.
  • induce labor if it is necessary for the health of the mother or child.
  • induce labor when the placenta or fetal membranes have ruptured in a way that requires delivery.
  • strengthen labor contractions where necessary, such as in cases of uterine inertia (condition where the uterus does not contract at normal strength or intervals during labor).
  • clear out the uterus after a miscarriage.

If any of these conditions arises during a woman’s pregnancy or delivery, her doctor may prescribe and administer oxytocin.

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