Brand Name(s): Cytotec
Drug Class: Prostaglandin E1 Analog
Treats: Stomach ulcer
Misoprostol is used to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in patients who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Misoprostol can also be used for other conditions as prescribed by your doctor. It should not be used by patients who are pregnant.
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Misoprostol is used to prevent stomach ulcers from occurring in patients who are taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen. Misoprostol is often given to those who are at high risk or those with a family history of ulcers. Misoprostol protects the lining of the stomach by reducing the amount of acid that comes in contact with it. Misoprostol can be used alone or with other medications.
Below you will find the different uses for Misoprostol:
Misoprostol dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- 200 mcg orally 4 times a day
Misoprostol Side Effects
Misoprostol, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Misoprostol, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Bleeding of the vagina
- Fast heartbeat
- Trouble breathing
- Low blood pressure
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Misoprostol. As with all drugs, before taking Misoprostol, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.
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