Cytotec Warnings and Precautions
If your healthcare provider prescribes Cytotec to prevent stomach ulcers, it is important that you discuss whether you have heart disease or inflammatory bowel disease. Other precautions for using Cytotec safely include warnings of potential complications that may occur, such as severe diarrhea, allergic reactions, and other problems. Also, women who are pregnant should not take this drug.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Cytotec® (misoprostol) if you have:
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With CytotecSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
- Cytotec can cause diarrhea, which usually starts about two weeks after you begin treatment and often resolves a week later. Severe diarrhea can cause dehydration. Take your doses after a meal, and your last dose at bedtime, to help reduce the risk of diarrhea. If you have persistent or severe diarrhea during treatment, tell your healthcare provider. Also, contact your healthcare provider if you start to experience signs of dehydration, such as:
- Decreased urination
- A dry mouth or lips
- Dry skin.
- Contact your healthcare provider if you experience peptic ulcer symptoms during treatment, such as:
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Black or bloody stools.
- This medicine should be used cautiously in people with heart disease. Make sure your healthcare provider knows your complete medical history before starting treatment.
- Do not share this medicine with anyone else. It may not be the right product for their symptoms. Also, Cytotec can cause abortion, premature birth, or birth defects if taken by a pregnant woman.
- Cytotec may react with a few other medications (see Cytotec Drug Interactions).
- Cytotec is a pregnancy Category X medication. It should not be used by a pregnant woman (see Cytotec and Pregnancy). Your healthcare provider should make sure you are not pregnant before you begin treatment. Also, you should use an effective form of birth control while taking it.
- Cytotec passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Cytotec and Breastfeeding).