Cytotec 200 mcg or Misoprostol is an oral tablet that is used in combination with Mifepristone to cause first-trimester abortion (of no more than 9-10 weeks). It reduces the risk of NSAID-induced ulcers, prevents postpartum hemorrhage, and manages miscarriages effectively. It protects the lining of the stomach by lowering the amount of acid and is thus, used for the treatment of gastric ulcers. For the termination of pregnancy, four tablets of Misoprostol are meant to be taken buccally (two pills on either side of the mouth) 24-36 hours after the administration of Mifepristone. It increases the strength and frequency of contractions and decreases cervical tone. For reducing the risk of gastric ulcers, this medicine should be taken for at least 3 months or as prescribed by the doctor.
How does Cytotec 200 mcg work?
Cytotec 200 mcg (Misoprostol) is a synthetic prostaglandin E1 analog that stimulates the prostaglandin E1 receptors in the stomach and thereby reduces gastric acid secretion. When used in combination with Mifepristone 200 mg, it increases uterine contractions and allows pregnancy tissues to be expelled easily. While it may sometimes be used alone to terminate a pregnancy, the combination of both Mifepristone and Misoprostol has found to be effective.
This medicine binds to the stomach cells in the uterine lining to increase the strength and frequency of the contractions. Furthermore, it degrades collagen and reduces cervical tone.
Who should not take Cytotec 200 mcg?
Cytotec 200 mcg may not be suitable for you if you have a pre-existing cardiovascular disease, or:
- If you are allergic to Misoprostol or any other prostaglandins.
- If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- If you have an intestinal disorder.
- If you are pregnant and taking this medication to decrease the risk of NSAID-induced ulcers.
- If you are getting oxytocin.
- If you suffer from anemia, diabetes, hypertension, etc.
Discuss your medical history in detail with the doctor before taking this medication.