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Oxytocic drugs

  • M. Bamber
  • M. G. Elder
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Abstract

Oxytocic drugs are those used to stimulate uterine activity. In the past 10–20 years there has been much change in the use of drugs that control uterine activity. Former agents such as ‘buccal pitocin’ and ‘pill ergot’ have been overtaken by newer drugs such as the prostaglandins. The assessment of the efficacy and safety of such newer drugs is dependent on measurable observations which reflect uterine activity. This chapter outlines (a) the clinical applications of oxytocic drugs and (b) the methods of evaluation of such agents in each of the above applications.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Bamber
    • 1
  • M. G. Elder
    • 2
  1. 1.Rhône-Poulenc LtdDagenhamUK
  2. 2.RPMS Institute of Obstetrics and GynaecologyHammersmith HospitalLondonUK

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