Cytotec Drug Uses

A healthcare provider may prescribe Cytotec® (misoprostol) for certain people who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Approved uses of Cytotec include preventing gastric (stomach) ulcers in adults who are taking NSAIDs and have a risk for stomach ulcers or who have had ulcers in the past.
Cytotec is a type of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance found naturally in the body. It works by protecting the stomach lining and reducing secretion of stomach acid.
There are also some off-label (unapproved) uses for this drug. Some off-label uses for Cytotec include the following:
  • Causing an abortion
  • Inducing labor
  • Treating chronic constipation.
(To learn more, click Cytotec Uses. This Web article covers more specific uses for this drug, including approved and unapproved reasons a healthcare provider may prescribe it.)
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