Tablets: 100 mcg,
Tablets: 200 mcg.
Cytotec is prescribed for theprevention of stomach ulceration and related ulcer complications (such asulcer bleeding, obstruction, and perforation) in patients on
aspirin and other NSAIDs medications. Cytotec is especially considered for patients who are at high risk of developing stomach ulcers and their
complications while taking NSAIDs. These include elderly patients, patients with
other debilitating illnesses (such as heart failure), patients with prior history of ulcer disease and bleeding.
Cytotec, a synthetic prostaglandin (hormone-like substance), reduces the production of stomach acid and protects the stomach lining. People who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be given Cytotec tablets to help prevent stomach ulcers.
Aspirin and other NSAIDs such as Motrin, Naprosyn, Feldene, and others, which are widely prescribed to control the pain and inflammation of arthritis, are generally hard on the stomach. If you must take an NSAID for a prolonged period of time, and if you are elderly or have ever had a stomach ulcer, your doctor may want you to take Cytotec for as long as you take the NSAID.
Cytotec side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Stomach Or Intestinal Bleeding;
- Spotting (Light Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods);
- Menstrual Pain Or Cramps;
- Menstrual Disorder;
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding;
- Abdominal Pain;
- Common Side Effects Include:;
Diarrhea is more common with higher doses of the medication used,
and usually goes away with continued administration. Rarely,
profound and persistent diarrhea necessitates stopping the medication.
Less common side effects include:
- Menstrual Cramps;
The recommended oral dose of Cytotec for the prevention of NSAID-induced stomach ulcers is 200 micrograms 4 times daily with food. Take the last dose of the day at bedtime.
If you cannot tolerate this dosage, your doctor can prescribe a dose of 100 micrograms.
You should take Cytotec for the duration of NSAID therapy, as prescribed by your doctor.
For People with Kidney Impairment
You will not normally need an adjustment in the dosing schedule, but your doctor can reduce the dosage if you have trouble handling the usual dose.