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Can labor drugs such as Pitocin and Cytotec cause birth injuries?

Yes. It is common for physicians to use medications to induce or speed up labor. The most common labor induction medications used are Pitocin and Cytotec. Sometimes, the use of these drugs results in catastrophic consequences for the baby. In order to avoid these consequences, physicians must be well-trained and follow standards of care. Hospitals…

Can labor drugs such as Pitocin and Cytotec cause hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)?

Pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) and Cytotec (synthetic prostaglandin) are used to speed up the process of labor. Both of these drugs can cause a condition called uterine hyperstimulation (alternative terms include tachysystole and hypertonus).  Hyperstimulation occurs when these drugs cause contractions to be too frequent, strong, or long-lasting.  When the placenta and uterus are under continuous…