Drug Class: What is Cytotec why is this drug prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does it work?
Dosage: How should you take Cytotec?
Possible food and drug interactions with Cytotec
Special information on Cytotec
Cytotec side effects
|Drug Class: What is Cytotec why is this drug prescribed?|
Cytotec (Misoprostol) helps to prevent stomach ulcers in patients using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS, drugs commonly used for arthritis, inflammation, and pain).
Cytotec reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach and protects the stomach lining from the effects of acid.
Cytotec is also sometimes used for other purposes in females.
|Drug Mechanism: How does it work?|
Cytotec belongs to a group of medicines known as prostaglandin analogues.
Cytotec is a synthetic compound similar to prostaglandin E1 (alprostadil) which is one of a group of chemicals (the prostaglandins) found in the body. Prostaglandin E1 is involved in protecting the lining of the stomach.
Cytotec mimics the action of prostaglandin E1 in the body. Cytotec is used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal ulcers including those occurring in people who are taking one of a group of medicines
|Dosage: How should you take Cytotec?|
Take Cytotec with meals, exactly as prescribed.
Take Cytotec for the full course of NSAID treatment, even if you notice no stomach problems.
Take the final dose of Cytotec at bedtime.
If you cannot tolerate this dosage, your doctor can
|Possible food and drug interactions with Cytotec|
Magnesium-containing antacids may increase the incidence of diarrhea
The severity of adverse effects on the gastro-intestinal tract such as pain in the stomach or abdomen and indigestion (dyspepsia) may be increased if Cytotec is used with diclofenac or indomethacin.
|Special information on Cytotec|
Most Important Fact about Cytotec
You must not become pregnant while using Cytotec. This drug causes uterine contractions that could lead to a miscarriage. If you do have a miscarriage, there is a risk that it might be incomplete. This could lead to bleeding, hospitalization, surgery, infertility, or even death. It is vitally important to use reliable contraception while taking Cytotec.
Cytotec precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
|Cytotec side effects|
More common side effects of Cytotec may include:
Less common side effects of Cytotec may include:
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