Misoprostol is used to reduce the risk of developing stomach ulcers while taking anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).


What is Misoprostol?

Misoprostol is a prostaglandin. It works by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach and protecting the gastric walls. This in turn helps reduce the risk of ulcers.


How should Misoprostol be taken?

Misoprostol is typically administered orally in the form of tablets.


Side effects associated with Misoprostol

Among the possible side effects of misoprostol include the following:


  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach ache


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
  • Dark stools
  • Bloody urine
  • Hearing problems
  • Changes in menstrual cycle
  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tarnished vision
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Mood swings, anxiety, depression or confusion
  • Severe or persistent nausea , stomach pain or abdominal cramps
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Vomit that looks like coffee
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Misoprostol

Before starting treatment with misoprostol, it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or any other drugs or food
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular: dinoprostone
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, dehydration or disorders that may be aggravated by dehydration
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding