Cytotec Indications

The approved indication for Cytotec® (misoprostol) includes the prevention of stomach ulcers (gastric ulcers) in adults who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Specifically, this drug is approved for use in people who are at risk for developing serious complications from ulcers or who have a history of an ulcer.
There are also several "off-label" Cytotec indications, such as:
  • Causing an abortion
  • Inducing labor
  • Treating chronic constipation.
Cytotec is a type of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance found naturally in the body. It works by protecting the lining of the stomach and decreasing stomach acid secretion.
(Click Cytotec Uses for a more in-depth look at indications for this drug, including information on how it works, whether it's safe for use in children, and unapproved uses.)
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