When a woman gets the wrong dose or an overdose of a drug, the most likely candidate is Pitocin.
What is Pitocin and why is it used?
Pitocin, which is also called oxytocin, is a uterus stimulant given to contract the uterus or to increase the frequency and intensity of contractions. It is often used to induce labor or to get labor restarted after labor has stalled.
Pitocin is the drug most commonly used to induce labor.
Isn't Pitocin safe?
When used correctly, Pitocin is safe; however, in many hospitals the dose of Pitocin is not standardized and the amount given is left to the discretion of the doctor or midwife.
Can Pitocin affect an unborn child?
When too much Pitocin is given too fast, it can speed up contractions to the point that the fetus does not get enough oxygen. In some cases, this can lead to fetal brain damage or death. In some cases, Pitocin has been linked to a slowing of the fetal heartbeat (fetal bradycardia).