Uses of Misoprostol
Misoprostol is used to prevent gastric ulcers resulting from treatment with pain-killers/NSAIDs (non-st**dal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin). It is also used for medical termination of pregnancy or legal abortion during early pregnancy, along with mifepristone.
How does works
It is similar to the natural chemical prostaglandin found in the body. It acts on the stomach and intestine to create a protective lining, and thereby prevents ulcer formation. It also acts on the uterus and produces strong contractions and softens the cervix to cause abortion.
Common side effects of
Nausea, Heavy menstrual flow, Abdominal pain, Dyspepsia, Vomiting, Skin rashes, Diarrhea, Constipation, Dizziness, Painful periods., Headache, Heavy vaginal bleeding or infection of uterus, Flatulence
Expert advice on Misoprostol
- It should only be given to adults (above 18 years of age).
- If you are taking tablet for abortion, it is important to take it 36-48 hours after taking mifepristone. Rest for at least 3 hours after taking this tablet.
- Do not take tablet if you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine.
- Avoid using tablet if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Do not drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery after taking this drug as it may cause dizziness.
- Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of patients with following history of disease conditions: liver, heart, kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, anaemia, problems with clotting of blood, abnormal blood pressure or cholesterol or suffer from malnutrition.
- Do not smoke cigarrete while taking misoprostol.
Frequently asked questions about Misoprostol
Q. Is misoprostol safe?
Yes. Misoprostol is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor.
Q. Is misoprostol available or sold over the counter?
No. tablet is a prescription drug. It is not available or sold over the counter.
Q. Is Tablet effective orally?
Yes. Misoprostol is effective orally.
Q. Is tablet available and legal in India?
Yes. tablet is legally available in India.
Q. Can I take tablet alone for abortion? Is it safe?
You can take for medical termination of pregnancy only if it is prescribed by your doctor. It is usually given in combination with mifepristone, within 7 weeks of the last menstrual cycle and not used alone.
Q. Can I take tablet with/without food?
It should preferably be taken with food. Please consult your doctor before use.
Q. Can I take tablet with alcohol?
Daily alcohol use combined with treatment may increase risk of stomach bleeding. Avoid alcohol while using mifepristone and misoprostol for medical abortion or for treatment of peptic ulcer.
Q. Does tablet affect future pregnancy or affect fertility?
It does not affect the fertility or impact future chances of pregnancy. In case of such problem, please consult your doctor.
Q. Does misoprostol cause weight gain?
There is no evidence of misoprostol causing weight gain.
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