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Misoprostol (Cytotec®) is approved for use in adults who are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and who are at risk for gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) or ulcer-related complications.
 
Misoprostol is a type of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance found naturally in the body. It works by protecting the lining of the stomach and decreasing stomach acid secretion.
 
There are also several unapproved ("off-label") uses for misoprostol. Some of these unapproved uses include:
 
  • Inducing labor
  • Terminating a pregnancy
  • Treating chronic constipation.
 
(Click What Is Misoprostol Used For? for more details on uses for this drug, including approved and unapproved reasons a healthcare provider may prescribe it. This article also provides a detailed explanation of how misoprostol works and whether it is safe for use in children.)
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