Cytotec for Induction of Labor
In some cases, a healthcare provider may prescribe Cytotec® (misoprostol) for induction of labor. However, this is an "off-label" (unapproved) use for the drug, and may not be the most appropriate method for some women.
There have been reports of women developing a uterine rupture (a tear in the lining of the uterus) while using this drug to induce labor when more than eight weeks pregnant. This problem can be potentially serious and could harm the mother and the unborn child.
Cytotec is a type of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance found naturally in the body. When used for the induction of labor, Cytotec works by causing contractions of the uterus.
(Click Cytotec Uses for an in-depth look at using this drug for the induction of labor. This Web selection also describes approved and unapproved uses for Cytotec, as well as an explanation of how the drug works.)