Cytotec Medication Information
Adults who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and have an increased risk for stomach ulcers may receive Cytotec® (misoprostol). Using NSAIDs can increase the risk for stomach ulcers, so taking Cytotec in combination with these pain relievers can help prevent these types of ulcers from forming. This medication works by reducing stomach acid secretion and protecting the stomach lining.
Cytotec comes as a tablet that is taken four times daily. To help avoid diarrhea and other side effects, it is usually advised to take this drug after a meal, and to take your last dose of the day at bedtime. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects may occur and can include diarrhea, headaches, and nausea.
Before taking Cytotec, make sure to review the safety information with your healthcare provider. For example, you may not be able to use this medication if you are pregnant, have heart disease, or have irritable bowel disease.
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