Oxytocin/ergometrine

What is Oxytocin/ergometrine?

Oxytocin/ergometrine (trade name Syntometrine) is an obstetric combination drug. The components are synthetically produced oxytocin, a human hormone produced in the hypothalamus, and ergometrine, an alpha-adrenergic, dopaminergic and serotonin (5-HT2) receptor agonist.

Both substances cause the uterus to contract. An injection of Syntometrine is given in the third stage of labor, just after the birth of the child to facilitate delivery of the placenta by causing smooth muscle tissue in the blood vessel walls to narrow, thereby reducing blood flow.

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I'm a medical missionary in Indonesia, and just delivered a well nourished woman at home who had a heart rate of 102 when labor started 5 hours...

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There are several possibilities, the most common ones being the stress of labor leading to hormone release and also increasing the metabolic...

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sir i want to ask that if during labour infant is not comee out we will give oxytocin so uterus contract and birth happen normally..so its in...

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Hi, thanks for writing..
Oxytocin doesnot cause any harm to the fetus if used in correct dose and with proper monitoring.. Overdose can harm the...

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I'm a medical missionary in Indonesia, and just delivered a well nourished woman at home who had a heart rate of 102 when labor started 5 hours...

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