Cytotec

Generic Name: Misoprostol

  • What is Cytotec?

    Cytotec is used to decrease the chance of getting stomach ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, in patients at high risk of ulcers or complications.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cytotec?

    Women must not be pregnant when Cytotec therapy is initiated, and must use effective contraceptive methods while taking Cytotec. If you are, or become, pregnant while on this medication, severe side effects can occur.

  • Who should not take Cytotec?

    Do not take Cytotec if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to it or similar drugs. Do not take Cytotec if you are pregnant or might become pregnant while taking it.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cytotec?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cytotec. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or kidney disease.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 200 micrograms (mcg) four times daily. If you cannot tolerate this dose, your doctor may prescribe a dose of 100 mcg four times daily.

  • How should I take Cytotec?

    Take Cytotec with a meal and take the last dose of the day at bedtime. You should take Cytotec for the duration of NSAID therapy, as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cytotec?

    Take Cytotec exactly as prescribed. Do not give this medication to anyone else.

    Avoid taking Cytotec with magnesium-containing antacids.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cytotec?

    If Cytotec is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Cytotec with any other drugs, vitamins, or herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cytotec?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea

    Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and/or nausea may occur during the first few weeks of treatment. These symptoms may disappear as you get used to the drug. If you experience these side effects for more than 8 days or if you have severe diarrhea, cramping, or nausea, call your doctor.

  • Can I receive Cytotec if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Cytotec if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to take a pregnancy test about 2 weeks before starting to take Cytotec. To be sure you are not pregnant at the start of treatment, your doctor may have you take your first dose on the second or third day of your menstrual period.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cytotec?

    If you miss a dose of Cytotec, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Cytotec?

    Store at room temperature in a dry place.

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