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  • Misoprostol, a medicine that prevents stomach ulcers while treating with NSAIDs
  • It decreases the risk of serious ulcer complications such as bleeding and protects stomach lining by lowering the amount of acid that comes in contact with it
  • This active ingredient used in a brand like Cytotec
  • Medicine is available in dosages as 100 mg and 200 mg

Directions for Use
Take Misoprostol composed pill after meals and at bedtime to minimize diarrhea, as exactly directed by the doctor.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Avoid taking antacids that contain magnesium while using this medicine, it may make the diarrhea worse
  • A missed dose of Cytotec should be taken as soon as remembered
  • It is not advisable to share this pill without prescription of the doctor

Side Effects

  • Common side effects: Diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, upset stomach, gas, vaginal bleeding or spotting, heavy menstrual flow, and menstrual cramps
  • Serious side effects: Severe ongoing stomach discomfort or diarrhea, dehydration symptoms like feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin


  • Consult the doctor if consuming any vitamin supplements or herbal products before using this medicine
  • Discuss with the doctor about medical history of inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or other intestinal problems, heart disease, or dehydration before taking this pill
  • Use effective birth control pill or method to prevent pregnancy while treating with Cytotec pills
  • Lactating mothers are advised to avoid consumption of this medicine, it may show adverse effects on infant


  • Misoprostol composed tables must be kept in the closed cabinets
  • Pills and capsules are easily damaged by heat and moisture


  • Tablet blister packs are not recyclable and should be placed in the waste bin when empty
  • It is best way to mix expired medicines with animal litter or coffee ground before disposal