What Cytotec is and what it is used for
Cytotec tablets contain misoprostol which is similar to a chemical substance called ‘prostaglandin’ which your body produces naturally. Prostaglandins are produced in the stomach and intestine and help to protect the lining. Cytotec belongs to a group of medicines known as ‘anti-ulcer agents’.
The Cytotec tablets may help prevent you getting ulcers in your stomach or the part it empties into, called the duodenum. These ulcers could be caused by taking non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac and naproxen. The way NSAIDs work means they reduce the amount of prostaglandins in your stomach and intestine. This can cause indigestion and lead to ulcers forming. The Cytotec tablets will replace these prostaglandins and help to protect your stomach and intestine, so you can continue getting benefit from your NSAID. Cytotec also reduces acid and increases bicarbonate in your stomach secretions.
Cytotec can also be used to heal existing ulcers.
2)What you need to know before you take this product
It may not be suitable for everyone. Please read the following list carefully to see if any of these apply to you. Consult your doctor if you are not sure. Do not take Cytotec
if you are allergic to misoprostol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6), or other prostaglandin medicines.
If you are a woman of childbearing age and you are not using an effective contraceptive method to avoid becoming pregnant (see Section ‘Pregnancy’ for further information).
if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant or do not have a negative pregnancy test because it may cause a miscarriage, premature birth or birth defects (see section ‘Pregnancy’ for further information).
if you are breastfeeding (as this may give your baby diarrhoea).