Oxytocin is a natural hormone that causes the uterus to contract. Oxytocin is used to induce labor or strengthen labor contractions during childbirth, and to control bleeding after childbirth. Oxytocin is also used to stimulate uterine contractions in a woman with an incomplete or threatened miscarriage. Oxytocin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Pitocin (Oxytocin) injection is usually administered to woman who are high risk having Rh problems, diabetes or pre-eclampsia. Typically given in the third stage of labor. This injection will speed up the uterine contractions and also, help control the postpartum bleeding that may occur. Additionally, it can be used in abortion procedures as well as miscarriages. This medication has been known to create hypotension (as you may want to discuss with your physician.)