Misoprostol is used to prevent peptic ulcers in patients taking anti-inflammatory drugs or blood thinners like aspirin. Misoprostol reduces the amount of stomach acid produced and provides a protective layer over the mucous membrane. This medication is also used for other gynecological conditions, like abortions and postpartum hemorrhaging.
1. Take the medication with food. Side effects of misoprostol include diarrhea and nausea. Taking food or milk with every dose helps eliminate side effects.
2. Take the recommended dose at regular, daily schedules. Typical doses of misoprostol are 200 mg taken 4 times a day.
3. Skip missed doses. If you forget to take a dose during the day, do not take two pills. Take the following dose as recommended by your doctor.
4. Contact a physician if increased abdominal cramps or vaginal bleeding occur. Severe bleeding and abnormal heart rate are rare but serious side effects. Contact your doctor if these symptoms occur.