How is oxytocin given?
Oxytocin is injected into a muscle, or given as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.
Your contractions and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving oxytocin. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with oxytocin.
During labor, your baby’s heart rate will also be watched with a fetal heart monitor to evaluate any effects of oxytocin on the baby.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since oxytocin is used when needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule.
What happens if I overdose?
Since oxytocin is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, you will be constantly monitored to make sure you are receiving the correct dose.
What should I avoid while receiving oxytocin?
Follow your caregivers’ instructions about drinking or restricting fluids. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be unsafe while you are receiving oxytocin.