Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Cytotec
Generic Name: misoprostol (Pronunciation: mye so PRAH stole)
What is misoprostol (Cytotec)?
Misoprostol is used to prevent the formation of ulcers in the stomach during treatment with aspirin or an NSAID such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, others), ketoprofen (Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan), oxaprozin (Daypro), indomethacin (Indocin), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam), etodolac (Lodine), piroxicam (Feldene), meloxicam (Mobic), tolmetin (Tolectin), nabumetone (Relafen), and fenoprofen (Nalfon). NSAIDs and aspirin are used to treat pain, fever, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions.
Misoprostol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Cytotec 100 mcg
round, white, imprinted with SEARLE, 1451
Cytotec 200 mcg
hexagonal, white, imprinted with LOGO STOMACH, SEARLE 1461
Misoprostol 100 mcg-GRE
round, white, imprinted with G 5007
Misoprostol 100 mcg-IVA
round, white, imprinted with LOGO 100, 4430
Misoprostol 200 mcg-GRE
hexagonal, white, imprinted with G 5008
Misoprostol 200 mcg-IVA
round, white, imprinted with 4431, LOGO 200
What are the possible side effects of misoprostol (Cytotec)?
Stop taking misoprostol and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives).
Misoprostol may cause mild to moderate diarrhea, stomach cramps, and/or nausea. These problems usually occur during the first few weeks of treatment and stop after about a week. The occurrence of diarrhea may be minimized by taking misoprostol with food. Contact your doctor if these symptoms persist for longer than 8 days or if they are severe.
Other, less serious side effects may also occur. Continue to take misoprostol and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about misoprostol (Cytotec)?
Do not share this medication with anyone else. Misoprostol has been prescribed for your specific condition, may not be the correct treatment for another person, and would be dangerous if the other person were pregnant.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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