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Pitocin not approved by the FDA for elective (or non-medical) inductions.

Posted by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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Pitocin not approved by the FDA for elective (or non-medical) inductions.


PITOCIN (oxytocin) Mnfr: MONARCH PHARMACEUTICALS, INC

PITOCIN has been approved by the FDA for the medical induction and stimulation of labor. Pitocin has not approved for the elective induction or stimulation of labor.

Source: FDA APPROVED OBSTETRICS DRUGS: THEIR EFFECTS ON MOTHER AND BABY

Which means, that the common use of Pitocin in hospitals for inducing a mother post dates (without medical reason) is highly dangerous. The risks are too high for a non-medical induction. The use pitocin in labour to 'speed things up' is not FDA approved. You can refuse pitocin augmentation unless medical indicated that there is a reason other than someones bed space and watch ticking. 

"Oxytocin crosses the placenta and enters the blood and brain of the fetus within seconds or minutes. There appears to be a correlation between fetal exposure to oxytocin and autism in the exposed offspring.

The manufacturer of oxytocin warns the provider in the package insert:

"Maternal deaths due to hypertensive episodes, subarachnoid hemorrhage, rupture of the uterus, fetal deaths and permanent CNS or brain damage of the infant due to various causes have been reported to be associated with the use of parenteral oxytocic drugs for induction of labor or for augmentation in the first and second stages of labor."

Because oxytocin is used so commonly to stimulate labor we note here that, in addition to the more benign effects of uterine stimulants, such as nausea and vomiting, the manufacturer of Pitocin (oxytocin) points out in its package insert that oxytocin can cause: 

(a) maternal hypertensive episodes (abnormally high blood pressure)

(b) subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in area surrounding spinal cord) 

(c) anaphylactic reaction (exaggerated allergic reaction)

(d) postpartum hemorrhage (uterine hemorrhage following birth)

(e) cardiac arrhythmias (non-normal heart rate)

(f) fatal afibrinogenemia (loss of blood clotting fibrin)

(g) premature ventricular contraction(non-normal heart function)

(h) pelvic hematoma (blood clot in the pelvic region)

(i) uterine hypertonicity (excessive uterine muscle tone)

(j) uterine spasm (violent, distorted contraction of the uterus)

(k) tetanic contractions (spasmodic uterine contractions)

(l) uterine rupture

(m) increased blood loss

(n) convulsions (violent, involuntary muscle contraction(s).

(o) coma (unconsciousness that cannot be aroused)

(p) fatal oxytocin-induced water intoxication (undue retention of water marked by vomiting, depression of temperature convulsions, and coma and may end in death.

Fetal and Newborn Effects

The following adverse effects of maternally administered oxytocin have been reported in the fetus or infant:

(a) bradycardia (slow fetal heart rate)

(b) premature ventricular contractions and other arrhythmias (non-normal heart function

(c) low 5 minute Apgar scores (non-physiologic neurologic evaluation)

(d) neonatal jaundice (excess bilirubin in the blood of the neonate.

(e) neonatal retinal hemorrhage (hemorrhage within the innermost covering of the eyeball)

(f) permanent central nervous system or brain damage

(g) fetal death

Uterine stimulants which foreshorten the oxygen-replenishing intervals between contractions, by making the contractions too long, too strong, or too close together, increase the likelihood that fetal brain cells will die.

The situation is analogous to holding an infant under the surface of the water, allowing the infant to come to the surface to gasp for air, but not to breathe. All of these effects increase the possibility of neurologic insult to the fetus. No one really knows how often these adverse effects occur, because there is no law or regulation in any country which requires the doctor to report an adverse drug reaction to the FDA.

These findings underscore the importance of the midwife managing the woman's labor in a way that will avoid the need for Pitocin and the pain relieving drugs that are often administered to help the woman cope with the contractions intensified by Pitocin.

DELAYED LONG TERM EFFECTS: There have been no adequate and well-controlled studies to determine the delayed, long-term effects of Pitocin on pregnant women, or on the neurologic, as well as general, development of children exposed to Pitocin in utero or during lactation."

Here is manufacturers insert including warnings and uses of Pitocin.


Were you aware that the drug so commonly used on pregnant women without medical indication is not FDA approved? I didn't. Were you aware of all the risks involved in this drug, that is used so often? 







Welcoming our 6th baby, 3rd home birth and 1st unassisted birth on 2-10-10.


by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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NCMommy2be
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Wow! A friend of mine had to take Pitocin and she said her labor was HELL after she took it and she thought she was going to die!

MzSeXyC
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:36 PM

damn. thats scary.

RavenSwift
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

wpw o did 36 hrs of labor and ended up in a csection i was two week induced early cause my son was already 8 lbs 10 oz and  he is now autistic add and has sensory issues ya think it might be connectted should i  seek council ?

momma-flynn
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Pitocin had to have been invented by a man. Or Satan. They gave it to me, actually stuck it in my iv before saying what it was. Then the nurse refused to give me pain meds. If I ever have another baby I will kick the nurses ass if she even mentions pitocin. 

mom-to-3-kids
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:01 PM

They stuck that crap in my IV when I was having my first.... it made everything hurt so bad & I already had a higher-than normal risk of uterine rupture.

If I could re-do everything I wouldn't let those Dr's touch me - obviously all those years of schooling still wasn't good enough to knock the stupid outta them. Who in the world voluntarily increases a woman's risk of childbirth complication? I thought that was the reason for trial studies before it goes to the general public?  

 

mom-to-3-kids
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I would...one lawyer I talked to though told me I only had a 2-year window after my dd's birth to file a claim .... but maybe you'll have better luck (my dd had just had her second b-day when I was told that).

Quoting RavenSwift:

wpw o did 36 hrs of labor and ended up in a csection i was two week induced early cause my son was already 8 lbs 10 oz and  he is now autistic add and has sensory issues ya think it might be connectted should i  seek council ?


youngmommy2be09
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I was induced with pitocen and it hurt like all hell, And They were trying to get an emergency c section because my baby was stuck and wasnt breathing. I ended up without a c section due to the use of forceps and the vac. I'm never going to be induced unless absolutly nessacar.

erinsmom1964
by Ruby Member on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM

 It doesn't surprise me at all.  I see how many women here will do whatever a nurse or Doctor says without even thinking twice or educating themselves. 

 
We have lots of information that proves messing with when or how a baby comes into this world is harmful to Moms and babies yet just like sheep we keep allowing them to schedule us and  cut us for no VALID medical reason except to make sure your Dr is the one who gets delivery fee instead of someone else and to hurry it up so they don't have to stick around.

We have the highest maternal fetal death rate of all developed nations yet everyday we see moms here who SCHEDULE their births thru induction and c-section like they are scheduling a nail appt.

SCARY!!!

kcangel63
by Freebirther on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM


Quoting erinsmom1964:

 It doesn't surprise me at all.  I see how many women here will do whatever a nurse or Doctor says without even thinking twice or educating themselves. 

 
We have lots of information that proves messing with when or how a baby comes into this world is harmful to Moms and babies yet just like sheep we keep allowing them to schedule us and  cut us for no VALID medical reason except to make sure your Dr is the one who gets delivery fee instead of someone else and to hurry it up so they don't have to stick around.

We have the highest maternal fetal death rate of all developed nations yet everyday we see moms here who SCHEDULE their births thru induction and c-section like they are scheduling a nail appt.

SCARY!!!

Very scary indeed.  :(



Welcoming our 6th baby, 3rd home birth and 1st unassisted birth on 2-10-10.


MommyRoz1988
by on Jun. 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Wow that is very scary. Ive had Pitocin 3 times and never had any trouble.

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