What Is Cytotec?

If you are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and are at risk for certain types of ulcers, a healthcare provider may prescribe Cytotec® (misoprostol). But what is this drug and what can you expect during treatment?
 
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. Taking Cytotec can help prevent stomach ulcers (gastric ulcers) in people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This medicine is specifically designed for those who are at risk for developing serious problems from ulcers or who have had an ulcer in the past.
 
(Click Cytotec for more details on what Cytotec is and how it works to help prevent ulcers. This full-length article also provides information on dosing instructions, potential side effects, and safety precautions.)
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