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Because Cytotec® (misoprostol) can cause uterine contractions and uterine bleeding, it may sometimes be prescribed "off-label" to terminate a pregnancy. This unapproved use of Cytotec for causing an abortion, however, could cause potentially dangerous complications.
There have been reports that using this drug to terminate a pregnancy may cause uterine rupture, which occurs when the lining of the uterus has a tear in it. This can potentially lead to serious harm in the mother.
(For more information on using this drug to cause an abortion, click Cytotec Uses. This article explains what Cytotec is approved for, how it works, and other possible off-label uses of the drug.)
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