Misoprostal is a custom pharmacy drug that works by protecting the stomach lining from acid and lowering the risks of bleeding and other ulcer complications. Misoprostal is administered to lower the chance of ulcers occurring in patients who may be at a higher risk of developing certain gastric ulcers while taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin, etc. Misoprostal is also one of the drugs used for terminating pregnancy, initiating labor, as well as treating postpartum bleeding from poor uterine contraction.
HOW TO USE:
Misoprostal is available in different forms. Consult with your doctor and compounding pharmacist regarding forms of administration. Misoprostal oral for stomach ulcer prevention is generally taken four times daily or as directed by your doctor. Misoprostal for inducing labor is administered directly into the vagina at your doctor's office or healthcare facility. Do not take antacids while using this drug as this may lead to severe diarrhea.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Many patients may encounter no side effects, but side effects are within the realm of possibility so speak to your doctor about what to watch for. If you experience anything that feels like it is continuing to get worse or perhaps lingering longer, see your doctor. Common side effects seen with misoprostal are as follows:
- Cramping (stomach)
- Increased Menstruation
NOTE: Diarrhea is a common side effect that may not begin until you have been taking misoprostal for fourteen days or more. It may last for a week or a bit longer and this is common. During this time, be sure to hydrate often and take misoprostal with food. Keeping your body well hydrated will help to prevent dehydration due to the diarrhea. If you experience any signs of dehydration such as any of the following, see your doctor right away:
- Mood Swings
- Muscle Weakness
- Decreased Urination
- Mental / Behavioral Changes
- Irregular Heartbeat
Severe Side Effects:
Some patients may experience severe side effects. If you experience anything that feels severe, or anything listed below, seek medicaltreatment.
- Heavy Vaginal Bleeding
- Unusual Vaginal Bleeding
- Irregularities with Menstruation
Possible severe allergic reactions can occur with almost any drug that is being introduced into your body. Severe allergic reactions are serious. You must seek medical attention immediately if you experience anything that feels like it may be an allergic reaction, including any of the following:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Itching and/or Swelling (pay attention to the face, throat, and tongue)
- Severe Dizziness
This drug may be contraindicated for multiple conditions. Check with your doctor to see if it is contraindicated for you or your condition. Follow your doctor's recommendations. Do not take if contraindicated for any reason.
Misoprostal is possibly contraindicated for the following:
- Operation of Uterus
- Operation of Cervix
- Previous C Section
- Extreme Loss of Body Water
- Tearing of the Uterus while Pregnant
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Misoprostal is contraindicated for pregnancy. Do not take if pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Misoprostal is contraindicated for breastfeeding. Do not take if breastfeeding or planning to begin breastfeeding.
Misoprostal is contraindicated in certain cases due to various drug interactions. Talk to your doctor about all drugs and supplements you are taking. Do not take this drug without advising your doctor about each and every medication or drug you are taking or have taken.