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Oxytocin, a uterine stimulant, can cause water retention. Monitor the patient's intake and output and look for indications of water intoxication, such as drowsiness or headache. Oxytocin can cause hypertensive crisis. Monitor the patient's blood pressure and the fetal and maternal heart rates. Oxytocin can cause uterine hyperstimulation and fetal distress. It is essential to monitor the length, strength, and duration of that patient's contractions. If they last longer than 60 seconds, stop the infusion, turn the patient on her side, and notify the primary care provider. Oxytocin is unlikely to affect level of consciousness, but it can cause anxiety.