Cytotec is used for reducing the risk of stomach ulcers in certain patients who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to take
Use Cytotec as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Take Cytotec by mouth with food.
The last dose of the day should be taken at bedtime. Taking Cytotec after meals and at bedtime may decrease the risk of diarrhea.
Do not take an antacid that has magnesium in it within 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take Cytotec .
Drug Class and Mechanism
Cytotec is a prostaglandin. It works by reducing the amount of acid released by the stomach and protecting the stomach lining, which helps to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers.
If you miss a dose of Cytotec, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store at or below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a dry place away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do NOT use Cytotec if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Cytotec or to similar medicines (prostaglandins);
- you are pregnant.
Some medical conditions may interact with Cytotec . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), dehydration, or other problems that may be worsened if you become dehydrated.
Possible Side Effects
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
- Constipation; diarrhea; gas; headache; indigestion; nausea; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; persistent or severe vomiting or diarrhea; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
If you have any questions about Cytotec, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Cytotec is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.