Misoprostol: Can Cytotec Be Used As A Contraceptive? -

Misoprostol: Is Cytotec Abortion Pill?

Is cytotec abortion pill? Some weeks back, I made mention of cytotec among some nurses and one of them shouted and said to me “Dera you have gone far, hmmmmm.”But what is cytotec or misoprostol?

Cytotec is actually a trade name for Misoprostol, a prescription drug or medicine used to prevent ulcers and also terminate pregnancy.

Cytotec may be used alone or with other medications and it belongs to a class of drugs called gastrointestinal agents.

Gastrointestinal agents include many different classes of drugs that are used to treat gastrointestinal disorders.

In Nigeria however, cytotec is commonly used to terminate or prevent pregnancy and so many people especially women are very familiar with it.

It’s an essential medicine and life-saving commodity as well, and has been regarded as “abortion drug” or “miso” because of its popularity among women, abortion homes or clinics, and primary health centres across the country.

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How To Use Cytotec

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully to avoid any story that touches the heart.

If you have any questions about this drug, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.

However, if you are taking this drug to prevent stomach ulcers, take it by mouth usually four times a day, after meals and at bedtime to minimize diarrhea, or as directed by your doctor.

In the other way round, if you are taking this medication for abortion, take it by mouth exactly as directed by your DOCTOR.

Is Cytotec Abortion Pill? Can Cytotec Be Used As A Contraceptive?

Apart from using cytotec to treat ulcer and terminate pregnancy between one (1) to twelve (12) weeks or less which are the most popular use, it can equally be used for other reasons.

Other uses may include to widen or the cervix especially during labour, used for the treatment of post partum bleeding/hemorrhage or bleeding after giving birth (one of the reasons I believe NAFDAC approved the drug here in Nigeria), it helps contract the uterus thereby prevent against bleeding after Caeserean section (CS), and it also help dilate the cervix in preparation for surgical abortion, if needed.

Side Effects Of Cytotec?

Cytotec like other medicines may cause serious side effects which includes:

  • Severe ongoing stomach discomfort or diarrhea
  • Feeling very thirsty or hot
  • Unable to urinate
  • Heavy sweating
  • Hot and dry skin

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above. Also, the most common side effects of Cytotec may include: diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea (feeling of vomiting), stomach upset, vaginal bleeding or spotting, heavy menstrual flow, and menstrual cramps.

Do tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away with you after taking cytotec.

Cytotec Price In Nigeria?

Cytotec like some many other drugs, are affordable and available in so many pharmacies here in Nigeria.

Depending on your location or city where you reside, cytotec tablet can be sold between #100 to #200 while a packet of “Miso” or cytotec can be gotten between #3,000 to #5,000.

Is cytotec abortion pill? To some, cytotec act as a contraceptive to prevent or terminate pregnancy. It’s regarded as abortion pill.

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