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Oxytocin Dosage

Medically reviewed on October 13, 2017.

Applies to the following strengths: 10 units/mL; 30 units/500 mL-0.9%; 30 units/500 mL-D5%LR; 30 units/500 mL-NaCl 0.45%; 20 units/1000 mL-0.9%; 40 units/1000 mL-0.9%; 10 units/1000 mL-D5%LR; 20 units/1000 mL-D5%LR; 10 units/1000 mL-LR; 20 units/1000 mL-LR; 30 units/500 mL-LR; 10 units/1000 mL-0.9%; 10 units/500 mL-LR; 20 units/1000 mL-D5%; 30 units/500 mL-5%; 10 units/500 mL-5%; 20 units/500 mL-5%; 40 units/500 mL-5%; 10 units/1000 mL-D5%; 30 units/1000 mL-D5%; 40 units/1000 mL-D5%; 10 units/500 mL-0.9%; 20 units/500 mL-0.9%; 40 units/500 mL-0.9%; 30 units/1000 mL-0.9%; 10 units/500 mL-D5%LR; 20 units/500 mL-D5%LR; 40 units/500 mL-D5%LR; 20 units/500 mL-LR; 30 units/1000 mL-LR; 15 units/250 mL-LR; 60 units/1000 mL-NaCl 0.9%; 15 units/250 mL-D5%; 10 units/1000 mL-D5% with 0.45% NaCl; 20 units/1000 mL-D5% with 0.45% NaCl; 30 units/1000 mL-D5% with 0.45% NaCl; 15 units/250 mL-D5% with 0.225% NaCl; 30 units/1000 mL-D5%LR; 20 units/1000 mL-D5% with 0.9% NaCl; 30 units/500 mL-D5% with 0.9% NaCl; 5 units/500 mL-LR; 40 units/1000 mL-LR; 15 units/250 mL-NaCl 0.9%

Usual Adult Dose for Labor Induction

Initial dose: 0.5 to 1 milliunits IV infusion per hour. At 30 to 60 minute intervals the dose should be gradually increased in increments of 1 to 2 milliunits until the desired contraction pattern has been established.

Usual Adult Dose for Postpartum Bleeding

10 to 40 units IV infusion in 1000 mL at a rate sufficient to control bleeding.
10 units IM after delivery of placenta.

Usual Adult Dose for Abortion

After suction or sharp curettage for an incomplete, inevitable or elective abortion:

10 units in 500 mL IV infusion. Adjust rate to assist uterus in contraction.

After intra-amniotic injection for midtrimester elective abortion:

10 to 20 milliunits per minute IV infusion. The total dose should not exceed 30 units in a 12 hour period due to the risk of water intoxication.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Liver Dose Adjustments

Data not available


-NOT FOR ELECTIVE INDUCTION OF LABOR: Elective induction of labor is defined as the initiation of labor in a pregnant individual who has no medical indications for induction. Since available data are inadequate to evaluate the benefits-to-risks considerations, this drug is not indicated for elective induction of labor.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.


Data not available

Other Comments

Storage: A study conducted to determine whether the freezing of oxytocin ampules adversely affects the oxytocin content found that oxytocin ampules could be safely used even if they have been temporarily frozen during transportation or storage.

Further information

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