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Research findings about oxytocin:
Oxytocin improves social behaviors in autism. (Sirigu, 2010)
Oxytocin reduces food cravings. (Kovacs, 1998)
Oxytocin reduces sugar cravings. (Billings, 2006)
Oxytocin calms. (Agren, 2002)
Oxytocin increases sexual receptivity and counteracts impotence. (Pedersen, C.A., 2002)
Oxytocin counteracts stress. (Legros, 2003)
Oxytocin makes anti-depressants effective. (Uvnas-Moberg, 1999)
What about a prescription?
Even though it is rumored that oxytocin cannot be dispensed without a prescription, this may not be entirely true. According to personal conversations with the FDA, naturally occurring drugs like progesterone and oxytocin fall within a “gray” area. Meaning, because they are naturally occurring to the body they cannot, essentially, be considered illegal when obtained. As long you are not claiming to cure, diagnose, or medicate a specific medical condition, then the FDA claims to hold minimal jurisdiction.
What Are the Side Effects?
Several studies conducted to test the efficacy of oxytocin administered sublingually give us some excellent guidance. The reason is that they have used extremely high dosages of sublingual oxytocin with no reported side effects. Many of these studies used oral/sublingual dosages as high as 400 IU! To give you some perspective, 10IU delivered directly into the bloodstream is what’s commonly used to induce labor. However, because of delayed absorption and utilization through the mucus membrane, even dosages as high as 400 IU did not overwhelm the brain, and in fact one article stated that a lower dosage was actually more effective than the high dosage referenced in the study. You can find some referenced studies in the FAQ section of www.oxytocinfactor.com
It must be noted that every person responds differently to any form of supplement, hormone, or drug. Some side effects that I know to have been reported with oxytocin use in a very small percentage are small rash outbreak, tightening of the chest, and one report of an increase in menstruation. Compare that to any number of psychiatric medications where side effects always include nausea, dizziness, headache, upset stomach and leading up to kidney failure, stroke, heart disease, and even death. Honestly, I wouldn’t touch an anti-depressant with a ten foot pole, whereas I am a firm believer in the safety and efficacy of oxytocin.