IV infusion Induction or enhancement of labor
Initially, 1-4 milliunits/min (2-8 drops/min). May be increased gradually at intervals not <20 min & increments of not >1-2 milliunits/min until contraction pattern similar to normal labor is established. Pregnancy near term
<10 milliunits/min (20 drops/min), max: 20 milliunits/min (40 drops/min). Incomplete, inevitable or missed abortion
5 IU or 5-10 IU IM, if necessary followed by IV infusion at a rate of 20-40 milliunits/min. Caesarean section
5 IU immediately after delivery. Prevention of postpartum uterine hemorrhage
5 IU or 5-10 IU IM after delivery of the placenta. Treatment of postpartum uterine hemorrhage
5 IU or 5-10 IU IM, followed in severe cases by IV infusion of 5-20 IU in 500 mL of electrolyte-containing diluent, but at the rate necessary to control uterine atony.