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Oxytocin Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Oxytocin is also known as: Pitocin, Syntocinon

Oxytocin Pregnancy Warnings

Oxytocin has been assigned to a pregnancy category X by the FDA. Animal studies have not been conducted with oxytocin. There are no known indications for use in the first trimester of pregnancy other than in relation to spontaneous or induced abortion. Based on wide experience with this drug and its chemical structure and pharmacological properties, it would not be expected to present a risk of fetal abnormalities when used as indicated.

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Oxytocin Breastfeeding Warnings

Oxytocin is present in human milk in small amounts. If it is given to the mother postpartum for hemorrhage, it is recommend that nursing be delayed until the day following oxytocin discontinuation.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. "PDR Generics. 2nd" Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics (1996):
  2. "Product Information. Pitocin (oxytocin)." Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, New York, NY.
  3. "Product Information. Syntocinon (oxytocin)." Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Syntocinon (oxytocin)." Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ.
  2. "Product Information. Pitocin (oxytocin)." Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, New York, NY.
  3. Kelsey JJ, Prevost RR "Drug therapy during labor and delivery." Am J Hosp Pharm 51 (1994): 2394-402;quiz2504-5

Further information

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