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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Cytotec (Misoprostol)


Cytotec (Misoprostol)

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    Cytotec is a medication used in healthcare for various purposes. Primarily recognized as a prostaglandin analog, Cytotec prevents and treats stomach ulcers by reducing stomach acid secretion and promoting protective mucus production. 

    It can also be used for inducing labor or managing postpartum hemorrhage, demonstrating its versatility in obstetric care. 

    The drug's off-label use also includes aiding in medication-induced abortions and cervical ripening before surgical procedures. 


    Take 100-200 micrograms of misoprostol to prevent gastric ulcers as directed by your physician.


    The active ingredient in cytotec is misoprostol.


    Common drug-drug interactions with this medication can include:

    • Carbocetin
    • Famotidine
    • Lansoprazole
    • Magnesium-containing antacids
    • Omeprazole
    • Oxytocin
    • Phenylbutazone
    • Rabeprazole


    Tell your doctor if you have a history of gastrointestinal disease before starting this drug.

    Side Effects

    Some common adverse effects include:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Abnormal hepatobiliary function
    • Abnormal white blood cell differential
    • Acute myocardial infarction
    • Alopecia
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Anemia
    • Anxiety
    • Arterial thrombosis
    • Arthralgia
    • Asthenia
    • Back pain
    • Body pain
    • Bronchitis
    • Bronchospasm
    • Cardiac arrhythmia
    • Cerebrovascular accident
    • Change in appetite
    • Chest pain
    • Chills
    • Confusion
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Constipation
    • Deafness
    • Depression
    • Dermatitis
    • Diaphoresis
    • Diarrhea (including severe diarrhea)
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Dysgeusia
    • Dyspepsia
    • Dysphagia
    • Dyspnea
    • Dysuria
    • Edema
    • Epistaxis
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Flatulence
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
    • Gastrointestinal infection
    • Gastrointestinal inflammation
    • Gingivitis
    • Glycosuria
    • Gout
    • Gynecological disease (dysmenorrhea, heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual disease, spotty menstruation, uterine cramps)
    • Headache
    • Hematuria
    • Hypertension
    • Hypotension
    • Impotence
    • Increased amylase
    • Increased blood urea nitrogen
    • Increased cardiac enzymes in the blood specimen
    • Increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate
    • Increased serum alkaline phosphatase
    • Increased thirst
    • Loss of libido
    • Mastalgia
    • Muscle cramps
    • Myalgia
    • Nausea
    • Neuropathy
    • Neurosis
    • Otalgia
    • Pain
    • Pallor
    • Phlebitis
    • Pneumonia
    • Polyuria
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Purpuric disease
    • Rectal disease
    • Rigors
    • Skin rash
    • Stiffness
    • Syncope
    • Thrombocytopenia
    • Tinnitus
    • Upper respiratory tract infection
    • Urinary tract infection
    • Visual disturbance
    • Vomiting
    • Weight changes


    1. Cytotec[package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer; 2021.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 1448

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