Misoprostol is an effective medication that helps patients reduce the risk of stomach ulcer development. The treatment is recommended for people under NSAID or aspirin course. The components of the drug affect the necessary organs and corresponding processes to decrease stomach acid in the body and protect it from possible damage. Additionally the medication can be prescribed to patients suffering from other complications.
Recommendations for Use
Misoprostol, also known as Cytotec, produces a powerful effect on the organism, so that its intake requires thorough consultations and guidance. Before the medication course consult your doctor and get instructions concerning the proper dose, administration periodicity, duration of the full course, etc.
Following all the directions and recommendations of a specialist will help you treat the condition fast and prevent its appearance effectively. Do not take Misoprostol in smaller or larger doses than necessary, never change other rules or adjust the instructions. Keep in mind that the treatment should be used four times a day (with meals and at bedtime). Misoprostol intake can cause numerous side effects, including stomach cramps, nausea or diarrhea. However, they are temporary, serve a normal reaction of the organism to the new medication and will disappear after the first week of the medicine usage.
Once you have missed a dose, skip it if the following one should be used soon. Never double the next scheduled dose, since it can lead to Misoprostol overdose and related complications.
Precautions and Contraindications
You should not use the medication without previous doctors consultation. Tell your doctor about your general health condition and other diseases you have to avoid possible undesirable effects. Follow all the given instructions and recommendations to benefit from the treatment course and experience no complications. Do not administer Misoprostol if you are allergic to its active components or similar medications. Provide your healthcare specialist with a full list of health problems you have to ensure a high safety level of the drug. Pay special attention to such conditions as:
Irritable bowel syndrome;
Inflammatory bowel disease and others.
Since Misoprostol has a drastic impact on the body, it should not be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women due to multiple possible risks. The treatment can lead to severe complications, including incomplete miscarriage, birth defects, miscarriage, uterine rupture and uterine bleeding. Stop the medication intake if you got pregnant.
Additionally, Misoprostol can cause serious side effects if combined with other medications. Inform your doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription drugs you are currently taking, herbal products, vitamins and supplements. This step will help you eliminate any risks of undesirable drug interactions and related downsides.
Seek emergency medical assistance if you have noticed any signs of allergic reactions or other complications while taking Misoprostol. They may include:
Allergic reactions (hives, itching, swelling, problems breathing, etc.);
Diarrhea, stomach discomfort;
Symptoms of dehydration;
Nausea, gas and stomach disorders;
Menstrual cramps, etc.;
Vaginal spotting or bleeding.
Since this is not a full list of potential problems, call your doctor the moment you have witnessed any complications.