Cytotec Vaginal Use

Cytotec® (misoprostol) comes in the form of a tablet and is taken four times daily to help prevent ulcers in certain people who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, there are also unapproved, or "off-label," reasons a healthcare provider may prescribe this drug.
For example, a healthcare provider may recommend this medicine to help induce labor or terminate a pregnancy. In these cases, vaginal use of Cytotec is required. Because it is a type of prostaglandin, Cytotec can help stimulate uterine contractions when used vaginally. However, this unapproved use may increase the risk for potentially dangerous complications, such as bleeding and a uterine rupture (a tear in the lining of the uterus).
(Click Cytotec Uses for more detailed information on this topic, including other unapproved and approved uses, as well as a description of how the drug works.)
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