Misoprostol is used for preventing stomach ulcers while you are under the medication of certain NSAID drugs; especially if you are at a greater risk or have a family medical history of ulcers. It can also help to decrease your risk of ulcer complications such as bleeding. The medication works by protecting the lining of the stomach, by lowering the acid amount that comes in contact with it. Misoprostol can also be combined with mifepristone, to be used for abortion. It is available in tablet form, to be taken orally.
Before being prescribed to Misoprostol, inform your doctor if you have conditions like a heart disease, kidney disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease (inflammatory bowel disease), pregnant or trying to be pregnant, a breast-feeding mother or any allergies to medicines or food. You can take the medication with food. Make sure that you follow your doctor’s prescribed dose and do not stop taking it abruptly. In case you miss a dose, you can take it when you remember it but do not take two doses in a single time. If using it on children, ensure to talk to the paediatrician first as special care may be required.
The possible mild side effects of Misoprostol are dizziness, headache, mild diarrhea, nausea, stomach upset, cramps and irregularity in the menstrual cycle. These symptoms generally go away in a few days but you may seek your doctor’s opinion if it bothers you. However, if you suffer from symptoms such as chest pain, fainting spells, shortness of breath, severe diarrhea, an allergic reaction, unusual bleeding from the vagina or pelvic pain, seek medical supervision on an immediate basis.
You must avoid smoking or drinking while you are prescribed to Misoprostol. They can possibly cause more irritation in the stomach, making it susceptible to more damage. Also, do not have the medicine if you are pregnant or plan for pregnancy while while taking this medication.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Gynaecologist before using this medicine.
NSAID induced ulcers
Induction of labor
Vaginal bleedingMajor Less Common
Pelvic pain and crampingMajor Less Common
Allergic skin reactionMajor Rare
Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feetMajor Rare
Disrupted menstrual cycleMinor Less Common
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