Cytotec prevents stomach ulcers caused by certain anti-inflammatory medications. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant soon.

Cytotec Overview


Cytotec is a prescription medication used to prevent ulcers from taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Cytotec belongs to a class of medications called prostaglandins analogues. These wotk by mimicking the prostaglandins in the stomach which protect the stomach lining. 

Cytotec is available in tablet form and is normally taken 4 times daily with food.

Common side effects of Cytotec include stomach pain and diarrhea.

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Uses of Cytotec

Cytotec is a prescription medication used to prevent ulcers from taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.



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Cytotec Drug Class

Cytotec is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Cytotec

Serious side effects have been reported with Cytotec. See "Cytotec Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Cytotec include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Gas 
  • Constipation

This is not a complete list of Cytotec side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Cytotec FDA Warning

Administration of Cytotec to women who are pregnant can cause birth defects, abortion, or premature birth. Uterine rupture has been reported when Cytotec was administered in pregnant women to induce labor or to induce abortion beyond the eighth week of pregnancy. Cytotec should not be used for reducing the risk of NSAID-induced ulcers in women of childbearing potential unless the patient is at high risk of developing gastric ulcers or complications. Women must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 2 weeks prior to beginning therapy, use effective contraceptive measures, and initiate therapy only on the second or third day of the next normal menstrual period. Oral and written warnings of the hazards of Cytotec, including the risk of possible contraception failure, must be given to the patient prior to initiating therapy.