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Brand name: Cytotec TM

Active ingredients: misoprostol

What it is used for

Cytotec is indicated in the treatment of acute duodenal and gastric ulcers. Cytotec is indicated for the prevention of stress-induced upper gastrointestinal mucosal bleeding and lesions in post-surgical patients in intensive care units. Cytotec is indicated for the prevention of gastric ulceration in patients in whom NSAID therapy is essential and who have been assessed at high risk of gastric ulceration, or the complications of gastric ulceration.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White, hexagonal tablet, scored, marked "SEARLE/1461" on one side.

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Food interactions

For the active ingredient misoprostol

  • Take with food to decrease the incidence of diarrhea.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient misoprostol

This medicine is not considered safe during pregnancy. You should discuss this medicine with your doctor or pharmacist. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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