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.
Again I reiterate that none of these statements have been approved by the FDA. I am only sharing information with you based on my own personal use of oxytocin and observations made of those taking it.
Research into the sublingual usage of oxytocin indicates that unlike other drugs, oxytocin is not more effective the higher the dosage in fact it’s just the opposite. Sublingual dosages as high as *400 IU have not proven to be any more effective than a 20 IU dosage. To date I have found that a 10 IU sublingual dosage twice per day is more than adequate for a sustained increase in well being and reduced stress throughout the day with no noted side effects. This has been effective for both adults and children who have diagnosable levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other similar conditions.
I’m sure as with most things individual responses vary based on gender, age, weight, and psychological profile. Please consult your physician.
*The reference to this study can be found at www.oxytocinfactor.com in the FAQ section on safety.