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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 result in serious adverse events which may include life-threatening infections. SCA Pharmaceuticals has not received any customer complaints or reports of adverse events related to this issue. RECOMMENDATION: SCA Pharmaceuticals is notifying its customers via telephone, email and US mail and is arranging for return/replacement of all recalled products. Customers that have product which is being recalled, as indicated in the list above, should discontinue use immediately and return the product to SC ... Read more

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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 expected potency on certain lots of Oxytocin compounded with Lactated Ringers and Oxytocin Compounded with Lactated Ringers and Dextrose which would lead to a lower dose being administered. Although oxytocin is titrated based on clinical response, an extreme and unexpected reduction in dose than expected could lead to a delay in treatment, disruption of clinical care of the patient, and worsening of patient's conditions. BACKGROUND: These products were packaged in ready to use intravenous bags. ... Read more

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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 neuroscientist and associate professor at Stanford University. But the findings point to avenues for future research, Parker said, especially because kids with the lowest levels of oxytocin in their bodies seemed to benefit the most. "Better understanding the individual differences in the biology of patients may hold the key to critically assessing which patients the drug will benefit," she said. Social difficulties and poor verbal communication are hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder. Symptoms ... Read more

Related support groups: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Oxytocin, Pitocin, Diagnosis and Investigation, Syntocinon

'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 naturally occurring hormone. MRI brain scans revealed that dads who received boosts of the hormone through a nasal spray had increased activity in brain areas associated with reward and empathy when looking at pictures of their toddlers, Rilling's team said. The findings also "suggest that oxytocin, known to play a role in social bonding, might someday be used to normalize deficits in paternal motivation, such as in men suffering from post-partum depression," Rilling said in a university news ... Read more

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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 dopamine and oxytocin are released in the brain when you really connect with another human being. And when you really listen, your blood pressure actually goes down, according to Dr. James Lynch, an expert in mind/body medicine and a retired professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland. 2. Take three deep breaths. Dr. Herbert Benson, professor of mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-author of The Relaxation Response, says deep breathing is a great way to deactivate the stress ... Read more

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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 levels of oxytocin and a control group of 20 healthy people. Those with low oxytocin levels did much worse on tests of empathy – awareness of other people's feelings. The study was to be presented Sunday at the Society for Endocrinology's annual meeting in Brighton, England. "This is the first study which looks at low oxytocin as a result of medical, as opposed to psychological, disorders. If replicated, the results from our patient groups suggest it is also important to consider medical ... Read more

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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 has actions in the brain and the ear that may help in tinnitus treatment and provide immediate relief," said lead researcher Dr. Andreia Azevedo. She is with the department of otolaryngology at the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo. But, at least one hearing specialist was unconvinced that oxytocin would help. And, even Azevedo said it isn't clear how oxytocin might work to relieve tinnitus. She speculated that it may have an effect in the ear, probably related to fluid regulation in the inner ... Read more

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'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 people, conducting genetic tests and assessments of social skills, brain structure and brain function. The investigators found that those with lower activity of the OXT gene had a harder time recognizing emotional facial expressions and tended to be more anxious about their relationships with loved ones. These low-OXT people also had less activity in brain regions associated with social thinking. And they had less gray matter in an area of the brain important for face processing and social ... Read more

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'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 School and a research fellow in the neuroendocrine unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "This could be a new, powerful way of helping obese individuals overcome their compulsive [eating]," Plessow said. "That's why we are excited about this." Much research needs to be done first, however. Plessow said her team plans to see if the spray has the same effect on women. Oxytocin occurs naturally in the human body and is important for controlling food intake and weight, the researchers said. ... Read more

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'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 new blood test yet," said lead investigator Dr. Suena Massey, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. "But it tells us that we are on the track to identifying biomarkers to help predict postpartum depression," she said. According to background notes with the study, oxytocin is a hormone that plays a role in aiding delivery and lactation, social bonding and stress management. The study included 66 healthy ... Read more

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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 University of Sydney, said in a university news release. Oxytocin, which occurs naturally in the human body, has been linked to social ties such as romantic coupling or the parent-child bond. The new study included 31 children, aged 3 to 8, with autism who received an oxytocin nasal spray twice a day for five weeks. The researchers report that kids who got the nasal spray showed significant improvements in social, emotional and behavioral problems, compared to kids who did not. The most common side ... Read more

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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 trust others, the researchers said. The research team at the University of Birmingham analyzed existing research about oxytocin and alcohol and "were struck by the incredible similarities between the two compounds," researcher Ian Mitchell, from the School of Psychology, said in a university news release. "They appear to target different receptors within the brain, but cause common actions on GABA [an amino acid] transmission in the prefrontal cortex and the limbic structures. These neural circuits ... Read more

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'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 direct new mothers toward the caring of infants, and away from other concerns, such as sex. "We know there are tradeoffs in terms of sexual responsiveness and in terms of attention to a new infant, who requires care and affection," study senior author Julia Heiman said in a university news release. She is a senior research fellow at the university's Kinsey Institute. The study involved mothers who had given birth within six months, as well as childless women. Heiman's team gave the participants ... Read more

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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 that oxytocin reduces how much food someone eats at a meal and improves the way their body handles blood sugar," said study lead author Dr. Elizabeth Lawson, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The hormone oxytocin is linked to many activities that bond people together, including sex, hugging, kissing, holding hands, giving birth and breast-feeding. In medicine, it's used to induce labor, manage bleeding in mothers after birth and coax out breast milk in nursing ... Read more

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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 involved in birth. It helps push labor along, increasing the likelihood that the cervix will continue dilating. But the hormone may have other effects, too. "Oxytocin has many functions, including affecting social interactions," said Dr. Glen Elliott, chief psychiatrist and medical director of Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, Calif. "Earlier studies were divided as to whether use of oxytocin to help labor progress increased the risk of the child later having a diagnosis of ADHD." The original ... Read more

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