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23.06 Oxytocin (Pitocin)

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Generic Name

oxytocin

Trade Name

Pitocin

Indication

labor induction, postpartum bleeding

Action

stimulates uterine smooth muscle

Therapeutic Class

hormones

Pharmacologic Class

oxytocics

Nursing Considerations

• can cause ICH in fetus
• can cause asphyxia in fetus
• may cause coma and seizures in mother
• may cause painful contractions
• assess fetus
• assess contractions
• monitor blood pressure
• assess maternal electrolytes
• may cause uterine tetany

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