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Misoprostol Drug Information

A healthcare provider may prescribe misoprostol (Cytotec®) to prevent gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) in adults who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This medicine is specifically used in people who are at an increased risk for ulcers or who have had an ulcer in the past. It comes in the form of a tablet and is taken four times a day.
 
Misoprostol is a manufactured (synthetic) version of naturally occurring hormones in the body called prostaglandins. It works to prevent stomach ulcers by reducing stomach acid secretion and protecting the stomach lining.
 
Although this can be an effective medicine for many people, not everyone can take this drug. Information on misoprostol should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before taking it to help ensure a safe treatment and minimize potential risks. For instance, people who have heart disease or irritable bowel disease may not be able to safely use misoprostol.
 
(Click Misoprostol for more details on this drug, including information on what your healthcare provider needs to know before you begin treatment and why this medicine may not be safe for certain people.)
 

Misoprostol Drug Information

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