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FDA Medwatch Alert: Injectable Products by SCA Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Potential Contamination

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: SCA Pharmaceuticals LLC (“SCA Pharmaceuticals”) is voluntarily recalling various lots of injectable products to the hospital level. There is a potential for the products to contain microbial contamination.  See the recall notice for a full list of products. BACKGROUND: Administration of a drug product, intended to be sterile, that may contain microbial contamination has the potential to res ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Unexpired Lots of Oxytocin Compounded with Either Lactated Ringers or Lactated Ringers and Dextrose by PharMEDium - Recall - Sub-Potency

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: PharMEDium Services, LLC (PharMEDium) is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of Oxytocin compounded with Lactated Ringers and all unexpired lots of Oxytocin compounded with Lactated Ringers and Dextrose products that were produced between July 6, 2017 and August 29, 2017 to the hospital/user level.  The recall is being issued based on laboratory test results indicating a lower than ...

Can a Spritz of 'Love Hormone' Help Kids With Autism?

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Social skills of children with autism appeared to improve slightly after a nasal spritz of oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," researchers report. However, the study was small, and it's not clear if the typical improvement in "social responsiveness" was significant enough to be noticeable. "I wouldn't throw a parade over it," said study lead author Karen Parker, a ...

'Love Hormone' Helps Dads and Babies Bond

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – The "love hormone" oxytocin may program fathers to bond with their young children, a new study suggests. "Our findings add to the evidence that fathers, and not just mothers, undergo hormonal changes that are likely to facilitate increased empathy and motivation to care for their children," said study lead author James Rilling of Emory University in Atlanta. Oxytocin is a ...

Stress-Busting Tips

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Lying around your home watching TV isn't always the best way to unwind. Police dramas, the news – even sports programming – can be stress-inducing. Plus, it's a passive activity, and mildly addictive, and nowhere near as relaxing as many other options you can choose. Here are five ways to relax at home that are truly therapeutic: 1. Listen more than you talk. "Feel good" chemicals like ...

Those Low on 'Love Hormone' May Have Less Empathy: Study

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 – People with low levels of the so-called "love hormone" oxytocin may have less empathy for others, a new study suggests. The findings hint that oxytocin replacement therapy could improve the well-being of people with low levels of the hormone, said the researchers at the University of Cardiff in Wales. Their study included 20 people with medical conditions that cause low ...

The 'Love Hormone' May Quiet Tinnitus

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 – People suffering from chronic ringing in the ears – called tinnitus – may find some relief by spraying the hormone oxytocin in their nose, a small initial study by Brazilian researchers suggests. Oxytocin – dubbed the "love hormone" because it promotes social connections – might also help relieve the annoying and sometimes disturbing noises of tinnitus. "Oxytocin ...

'Love Hormone' Gene May Be Key to Social Life

Posted 21 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 – Lower activity of a specific gene may affect a person's social behavior, including the ability to form healthy relationships, researchers say. The OXT gene is involved in the production of oxytocin, a hormone linked with a large number of social behaviors in people. It's sometimes referred to as the "love hormone." The University of Georgia team assessed more than 120 ...

'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Might Help Dieters' Self-Control

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 2, 2016 – In spray form, the "love hormone" oxytocin might aid weight loss, a small pilot study suggests. A single dose of oxytocin nasal spray decreased impulsive behavior in overweight and obese men, researchers found. "Impulsive behavior is an issue in obesity and results in overeating," said lead researcher Franziska Plessow, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical ...

'Love Hormone' Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Higher levels of the mother-child bonding hormone oxytocin during pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of postpartum depression in some women, researchers say. The findings suggest it may eventually be possible to develop a test to predict postpartum depression and provide preventive treatment during pregnancy. The study results are "not ready to become a ...

Oxytocin 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Kids With Autism

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – Oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," may help improve social skills in autistic children, a small new Australian study suggests. "The potential to use such simple treatments to enhance the longer-term benefits of other behavioral, educational and technology-based therapies is very exciting," study co-author Ian Hickie, co-director of the Brain and Mind Center at ...

Oxytocin, Alcohol Seem to Work on Brain in Similar Ways

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The so-called "love hormone" oxytocin affects human behavior in much the same way as alcohol does, British researchers report. Oxytocin is a hormone involved in mother-child bonding, social interactions and romance. Previous research has shown that oxytocin boosts socially positive behaviors such as generosity, empathy and altruism, and makes people more willing to ...

'Love Hormone' May Help New Moms Heed Crying Babies

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – A natural "love hormone" appears to give mothers the motivation to soothe and care for an upset newborn, Indiana University researchers report. Brain activation of the hormone, oxytocin, has long been linked to "feel good" responses such as nurturing, sex and physical intimacy, the research team noted. In the new study, the researchers wanted to see how it might work to ...

Could the 'Love Hormone' Be a Weight-Loss Aid for Men?

Posted 6 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – Preliminary research in a small number of men suggests that the "love hormone" oxytocin may reduce appetite, potentially turning it into a tool for weight loss. The new study tested a synthetic nasal formulation of oxytocin, and found the hormone treatment reduced the number of calories that men consumed, especially calories from fatty foods. "We are seeing early signs ...

No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD

Posted 9 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

M0NDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Mothers who get an extra boost during labor with the medication oxytocin don't face a higher risk of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says. If a woman giving birth stops progressing during labor, she might receive oxytocin (brand name: Pitocin) as "augmentation." This drug is a synthetic version of the oxytocin hormone ...

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