Cytotec
DESCRIPTION

This medication is useful in preventing stomach ulcers that occur due to the usage of NSAIDs. This drug is especially used by individuals who have a history of ulcers. Cytotec is also referred to as Misoprostol.

How it works

The main job of this drug is to protect the stomach lining. Cytotec saves your stomach lining by reducing the amount of acid that comes in contact with it.

Uses

The medication is used to prevent ulcers that occur when you consume Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs such as aspirin and naproxen. This medication helps you to reduce the risk of severe ulcer complications such as bleeding.

When combined with Mifepristone, this medication is useful in ending a pregnancy as well. This drug is used in hospitals to assist childbirth at the time of delivery. It can also be used to treat severe bleeding that occurs due to child birth.

Dosage

Since this medication is used to treat number of medical conditions, the dosage will be determined according to your particular medical condition. The physician will also consider the way you respond to the treatment.

If you are consuming Cytotec to prevent stomach ulcers, you must take it by mouth. The drug is usually consumed four times a day. One dose should be taken at bedtime to minimize the risk of diarrhea.

When consuming this medication, make sure to avoid anti-acids that contain magnesium. Doing so can make you more susceptible towards side effects such as diarrhea.

If you are using this medication to prevent ulcers, continue the treatment for as long as you take NSAIDs. You must use Cytotec on a regular basis to make sure that you get the full benefits of the medication. Taking the medication at the same time every day will help you to remember your doses.

Side effects

During the treatment period, you are susceptible to experience nausea or stomach cramps. Even though these conditions disappear within a day or two, you must contact your physician if they continue to persist.

Diarrhea is a common side effect of this medication. You will experience diarrhea two weeks after taking this medication. During this period, it is important for you to take plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Since persistent diarrhea can cause severe dehydration, you need to inform your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms:

Severe dizziness
Decreased urination
Mood changes
Muscle weakness
Irregular heartbeat

At the event of such conditions, do not hesitate to get immediate medical help.

Self-care

The precautionary methods listed below must be strictly followed during the treatment period for your own safety.

Before the treatment begins, ensure that you are not allergic to Cytotec or any of its ingredients.
Inform your physician if you suffered from an intestinal disease in the past.
Reduce tobacco and alcohol use to decrease the risk of stomach bleeding.

Self-care

Do not take this medication during the period of pregnancy or if you are planning to become pregnant. Cytotec is capable of harming an unborn baby.

Although this medication can be passed on through breast milk, it is unlikely to harm an infant. If you wish to breastfeed your baby during the treatment period, discuss the risks and benefits with a physician first.

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