Cytotec is a drug classified as a prostaglandin. It is used to lower the amount of stomach acid produced which in turn reduces the risk of ulcers.
It is also used in the treatment and prevention of ulcers that are caused by prolonged use of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs).
Do not take this drug if you are allergic to any of the main ingredients in it. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant.
If you are breastfeeding a newborn, tell your doctor before taking Cytotec. The same applies if you are ovulating.
If you are currently being treated with other medications including herbal remedies and other supplements, tell your doctor.
Talk to a physician about your allergies to anything including food, medicine and even pollen.
If you had or have a history of heart diseases, bowel disorders and dehydration, talk to your doctor first.
This medicine can lead to diarrhea, nausea and severe cramps in the first week or two. If these side effects last for prolonged periods, talk to your doctor.
If you are being taken in for a surgical procedure, let the staff know that you are on Cytotec (and any other medication).
In the case of an ovulating woman, make sure you use birth control (barrier methods like condoms are the most effective) while you are on Cytotec.
If you are pregnant, do not take this drug. You could cause harm to your unborn child. Try your best not to become pregnant while on the medication.
Do not allow yourself to conceive up to one month after the course of medication is over. Cytotec has been found in breast milk, meaning that you must NOT breastfeed while taking it.
Use this drug exactly as your doctor has told you to. For precise instructions check the label on the packet.
This pill is taken orally with food. Take your last dose before bed. While meals don’t effect the impact of Cytotec, taking it after a meal can reduce the risk of diarrhea.
Refrain from taking magnesium laced antacids at least an hour after taking your dose of Cytotec.
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose of this medication, you should take it as soon as you are able to. If you are about to take the next dose, ignore the one you missed. Never take a double dose.
If you overdose, contact the local poison hotline and emergency medical services as soon as you can.
Common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
Black, tarry stools
Changes in menstrual cycle
Severe diarrhea and vomiting
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
It is completely normal if you do not experience any one of the side effects, including the common ones. These conditions apply to a few people only.
Do not take this medication if you have an allergic reaction to it or any of its ingredients.