Cytotec® (misoprostol) is a drug licensed for the prevention of gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) in adults who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is specifically designed for people who are at risk for developing ulcers, or for those who have had an ulcer in the past.
This drug comes in the form of tablets that are taken four times daily. Cytotec works by protecting the lining of the stomach and reducing stomach acid secretion. Possible side effects include diarrhea, headaches, and gas.
Because not everyone can safely take Cytotec, your healthcare provider will need to obtain information on your medical history. He or she will specifically need to know if you have heart disease or inflammatory bowel disease, or if you have any type of allergy. Also, Cytotec may negatively react with a few drugs, so tell your healthcare provider about all other medications, supplements, and vitamins you are taking.
(For more information on this medicine, click Cytotec. This Web page offers a complete overview of this drug, including how it works, who it is approved for, dosing instructions, and more.)