Cytotec (misoprostol) is a synthetic prostaglandin that protects the lining of your stomach by reducing the production of stomach acid. It is often used to prevent stomach ulcers in people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. You should not take this drug if you ever had an allergic reaction to any prostaglandin medication. This medicine can cause a miscarriage as it has been reported to cause uterine contractions. You need to use additional methods of birth control while taking Cytotec to avoid serious health consequences.
If you were prescribed this drug to use during the period of NSAID treatment keep taking it even if you do not experience any symptoms. Do not take double dose if you missed the scheduled one. Certain side effects that may occur as a result of using Cytotec include diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps. However, these side effects are likely to occur only within the first several weeks of treatment and then are likely to go away on their own. If these symptoms persist or become more severe call you doctor as soon as possible. Some other side effects may include stomach or intestinal bleeding, vomiting, gas, constipation indigestion, heavy menstrual bleeding or spotting.