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How safe is the use of misoprostol (cytotec) in softening the cervix prior to the induction of labor?

How safe is the use of misoprostol (cytotec) in softening the cervix prior to the induction of labor?

The drug has been: Used extensively throughout the country for years. It is good. 25-50 mcg vaginally or orally every 4 hours is the recommended dose but needs to be done in a hospital. May take more than one dose or may take off with just one, can be difficult to predict. There are risks with anything but following dose recommendations is key. I always give oral dose after delivery to decrease bleeding. Gdluc. ...Read more

Dr. Michele Lauria
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Misoprostol (Definition)

Misoporstol (Cytotec ) is a labor inducer is a kind of women's health and pregnancy drug. Misoprostol is a medication that causes the uterus to contract. This can be used to induce labor. It is also used to help a miscarriage pass more quickly. It is either taken by mouth or as tablets placed into the vagina. Misoprostol causes significant cramping and, if it is used to pass a miscarriage, causes vaginal bleeding. This is a normal ...Read more


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Is dangerous to use CYTOTEC (misoprostol) to induce labor at 41 weeks?, my doc say is not dangerous but i would like a second opinion

Is dangerous to use CYTOTEC (misoprostol) to induce labor at 41 weeks?, my doc say is not dangerous  but i would like a second opinion

Not Dangerous...: Cytotec is used frequently to soften the cervix in preparation for labor induction with Pitocin (oxytocin). When used correctly with monitoring in the hospital it is very safe and effective. It would not be safe to use at home where there is no monitoring etc. Most of the time it doesn't actually cause full blown labor but some women, especially if they have had other deliveries will go into labor. ...Read more

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Can cytotec (misoprostol) be used to induce labour after a previous c/s?

Can cytotec (misoprostol) be used to induce labour after a previous c/s?

Not safe: If you have had a prior c-section and wish to have a tolac (trial of labor after c-section), then you cannot use pitocin, (oxytocin) Cytotec or other agents to induce labor. They increase the risk of 'uterine rupture'. This should be discussed with your OB with consideration of the reasons for the prior c-section. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on misoprostol?

Can you overdose on misoprostol?

Yes: As with all drugs there is a safe and effective range of doses and there is the potential for overdosing when exceeding that range. ...Read more

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What exactly is the drug misoprostol (cytotec) prescribed for?

What exactly is the drug misoprostol (cytotec) prescribed for?

Two indications.: The drug's two main indications include stomach prophylaxis for those taking nsaids (aspirin-like antiinflammatories) and labor induction as a uterine stimulant (off-label, widely accepted practice). Is is a form of inflammatory hormone that has topical and remote effects on various tissues. ...Read more

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How is misoprostol (abortion pill)?

How is misoprostol (abortion pill)?

Misoprostol: Misoprostol alone is not an abortion pill and in fact it's used as a drug to prevent/treat stomach ulcers. It just so happens that Misoprostol can also initiate uterine contractions, but contractions alone are not enough to cause an abortion. Mifepristone is a drug used in conjunction with Misoprostol that causes the separation of the pregnancy. Misoprostol is used as a drug for completion. ...Read more

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Can I urine while i take misoprostol?

Can I urine while i take misoprostol?

Yes Urination OK: Hi CKirshna, Yes you should be able to urinate on misoprostol. Misoprostol is used to coat the stomach and prevent stomach ulcer. Do not use the drug if you plan to become pregnant or are pregnant.Birth defects In the US we have misoprostol by itself or combined with another medication called Cytotec. It is an expensive medication in the US not frequently used. Good question Dr Lori Lange ...Read more

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Side effects of cytotec (misoprostol) =?

Side effects of cytotec (misoprostol) =?

Labor: When used to induce labor Cytotec (misoprostol) often causes contractions sometimes severe. In larger doses nausea vomiting diarrhea. Must be used cautiously when used in induction with live baby on monitor. ...Read more

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Do you bleed heavily after the misoprostol pill?

Do you bleed heavily after  the misoprostol pill?

MISPROSTIL: Talk to your obgyn. Of course bleeding is heavier than a period. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of cytotec (misoprostol)?

What are the side effects of cytotec (misoprostol)?

Labor: When used to induce labor Cytotec (misoprostol) often causes contractions sometimes severe. In larger doses nausea vomiting diarrhea. Must be used cautiously when used in induction with live baby on monitor. ...Read more

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Does cytotec (misoprostol) work to cause an abortion?

Does cytotec (misoprostol) work to cause an abortion?

Sure.: It is a safe abortifacient before 7 weeks of pregnancy although it can cause severe bleeding and cramping. Consult with your gynecologists before considering it! ...Read more

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What is the effect of cytotec (misoprostol) on a fetus?

What is the effect of cytotec (misoprostol) on a fetus?

Not good.: Cytotec (misoprostol) stimulates strong uterine contractions and can lead to fetal distress or even demise. It can be safely used only in minimal doses under experienced physician supervision. If one takes it to cause abortion without success, the fetus can have moebius syndrome (facial paralysis). ...Read more

Cytotec (Definition)

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Labor Inducer (Definition)

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