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What is Misoprostol used for?

Misoprostol is prescribed for the prevention of stomach ulcers in patients using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as naprox, aspirin, and ibuprofen). By lowering the amount of stomach acid, Misoprostol protects your stomach lining and helps decrease ulcer complications such as bleeding. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Misoprostol?

The dosage of Misoprostol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Misoprostol with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Misoprostol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Misoprostol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Misoprostol?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Misoprostol, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Misoprostol?

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Misoprostol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Misoprostol can interact with antacids that contain magnesium.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Misoprostol?

Like other medicines, Misoprostol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Misoprostol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Misoprostol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Misoprostol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Misoprostol can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, flatulence, stomach cramps, headache, and constipation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Misoprostol.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Misoprostol?

Is it possible for me to take Misoprostol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Misoprostol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Misoprostol?
How will Misoprostol work in my body?
How should Misoprostol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Misoprostol drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Misoprostol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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