Cytotec is used to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers in patients who consume nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It might also be used by your doctor in other cases as he deems fit.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You should take Cytotec by mouth, with a meal
You should take the last dose of Cytotec at bed time. Cytotec should be taken after meals and at bedtime in order to avoid diarrhea.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Cytotec is categorized as a prostaglandin. It helps to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers by reducing the amount of acid released by the stomach and protecting the stomach lining.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Cytotec at or below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using Cytotec if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or to similar medicines (prostaglandins).
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Mention to your doctor before using the medicine if you have conditions like:
allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances; history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), dehydration, or other problems that may be worsened if you become dehydrated.
There are some medicines that may interact with Cytotec.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Cytotec to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Cytotec as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include constipation; diarrhea; gas; headache; indigestion; nausea; vomiting.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like 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.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.