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Cytotec is a white round pill made up of misoprostol which is a gastrointestinal agent. This medication can be purchased in 200mcg strength, sold as the brand name Cytotec.
Cytotec is most commonly used for protecting your stomach from damage (like ulcers) that can be caused by common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). These drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and others. In other cases, doctors will prescribe Cytotec with another medication to end a pregnancy (abortion).
Misoprostol works by lining the reducing the amount of acid that comes into contact with your stomach.
Make sure you follow your doctors directions very carefully, if you cannot remember how to take this medication, call your doctor for a refresher on how he wants you to take Cytotec.
Your medical condition and response to treatment will be the factors leading to your dose strength.
(For stomach ulcer prevention): take it by mouth usually four times a day, after meals and at bedtime to minimize diarrhea, or as directed by your doctor. Continue to take this drug for as long as you take NSAIDs. Use this medication regularly in order to get the best effect.
(For abortion): take it by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.
Avoid taking antacids that contain magnesium while using this medication as it could worsen side effects like diarrhea. If you have to take antacids, consult your doctor about which one is best.
To figure out if this medication is right for you, tell your doctor if you have:
In order to start taking this medication you cannot be pregnant. This medication is usually started on your second or third day of your menstrual cycle. If you become pregnant while on Cytotec, discontinue use immediately. This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm an infant as it is such a small amount.
Daily alcohol consumption can lead to increase risk of stomach bleeding; this goes for smoking tobacco as well. Try to limit these consumptions if possible while on Cytotec.
Side effects are not always present in everyone. Others are more sensitive to side effects while they could be mild for others. If side effects ever become too much to handle, contact your doctor right away.
Common side effects of Cytotec may include:
stomach pain, nausea, upset stomach, gas;
vaginal bleeding or spotting, heavy menstrual flow; or
Serious side effects of Cytotec may include:
severe ongoing stomach discomfort or diarrhea;
Signs to watch for:
dehydration symptoms: feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin.
allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose once you remember. If your next dose is already approaching soon, just skip the missed dose and take your next one as scheduled.
What happens if I don’t stop taking Cytotec if I find out I’m pregnant?
Misoprostol can cause birth defects, premature birth, uterine rupture, miscarriage, or incomplete miscarriage and dangerous uterine bleeding when a person is pregnant and taking Cytotec.
What are other conditions this medication is used for?
Other uses of Cytotec include: induction of cervical softening and dilation in labor, heavy bleeding after the delivery of a baby, and an ulcer of the duodenum.
Does Cytotec affect my ability for future fertility?
No. There is no evidence to show that this medication will cause infertility.
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