Certain people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be given misoprostol to help prevent stomach ulcers or other ulcer-related complications. This prescription medicine is a hormone-like substance that helps protect the stomach lining from stomach acid. It comes as tablets that are taken four times a day. Possible side effects include diarrhea, headaches, and stomach pain.
What Is Misoprostol?
Misoprostol (Cytotec®) is a prescription medication approved to prevent stomach ulcers in people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used in people who have a risk of developing ulcers or those who are at risk for serious ulcer complications.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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