Oxytocin Injection is a sterile aqueous solution of highly purified oxytocic principle derived by synthesis or obtained from the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland of healthy domestic animals used for food by humans. Oxytocin Injection contains 20 USP Units of oxytocin and less than 0.4 units of presser activity per mL. Each mL of sterile solution also contains 0.9% w/v sodium chloride, 0.5% w/v chlorobutanol (as a preservative), with water for injection q.s. and pH adjusted to 3.0 to 5.0 with acetic acid.
Caution: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
Oxytocin is indicated for obstetrical use in sows, ewes, horses and cows, and milk let-down in cows and sows. Because of the specific action of oxytocin upon the uterine musculature, it is recommended as an aid in the management of the following conditions:
- To precipitate labor
- To accelerate normal parturition
- Postpartum evacuation of uterine debris
- Postoperative contraction of the uterus following a cesarean section and control of uterine hemorrhage
Oxytocin will contract the smooth muscle cells of the mammary gland to induce milk let-down if the udder is in a proper physiological state.
- Choice of administration routes: IV, IM or SQ
- Versatile: Aids in a number of obstetrical procedures
- Multi-species: Treats ewes and sows, as well as cows and mares
- Storage: Store at controlled room temperature – refrigeration not required
- Safe: Approved by FDA
No withdrawal period.
- Oxytocin is a potent preparation, accordingly, it should be administered with due caution.
- For prepartum usage, full dilation of the cervix should be accomplished either naturally or through the administration of estrogen prior to oxytocin therapy.
- Do not use in dystocia due to abnormal presentation of the fetus until correction is accomplished.
- Oxytocin will not induce milk let-down unless the udder is in the proper physiological state.
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