Cytotec Side Effects

Call your healthcare provider if you are taking Cytotec and develop problems like severe diarrhea, decreased urination, or extreme dizziness. Although reactions such as these may be potentially serious, most side effects of Cytotec tend to be minor and easy to treat. Some of the more commonly reported reactions include nausea, diarrhea, and gas.

An Introduction to Cytotec Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Cytotec® (misoprostol) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cytotec. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Cytotec

Cytotec has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking the drug were documented and compared to those that occurred in a group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they occurred, and how they compared to the placebo.
In these studies, the most common bothersome, but usually not dangerous, Cytotec side effects included:
  • Diarrhea -- in up to 40 percent of people
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 20 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 3.2 percent
  • Gas -- up to 2.9 percent
  • Headache -- up to 2.4 percent
  • Heartburn or indigestion -- up to 2 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 1.3 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 1.1 percent.

Cytotec Medication Information

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