Misoprostol, sold under the brandname Cytotec among others, is a medication used to start labor, cause an abortion, prevent and treat stomach ulcers, and treat postpartum bleeding due to poor contraction of the uterus.
Misoprostol is a synthetic prostaglandin. The medicine is used to prevent stomach ulcers formation by patients who take NSAIDs. It protects stomach against destructive action of NSAIDs.
Take a pill every time when you're eating and before bedtime. Misoprostol is active starting within 30 minutes since its intake and continues for about 3 hours.
Before starting your treatment with Misoprostol tell your doctor about all the conditions you may have especially about inflammatory bowel disease or any other condition to avoid dangerous conditions caused by considerable loss of fluid. Avoid taking it with a magnesium-containing antacid.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, patients with renal impairment and patients under 18 y.o. can't use the medicine.
Possible side effect
Vomit, diarrhea, abdominal pain are frequent side effects. Sometimes it can cause headache, rash, drowsiness, menstrual cramps, hypo or hypertension, nausea, and flatulence.
No significant interactions were reported.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time of the next intake just skip it and go back to your schedule.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are drowsiness, tremor, diarrhea, stomach upset, pain in the stomach, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat low blood pressure, seizures, fever.
Store the medicine at room temperature away from moisture, sunlight, kids and pets in a tight container.
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