Misoprostol

Information about Misoprostol

Misoprostol Uses

Misoprostol is used in medical abortion and post-delivery bleeding.

How Misoprostol works

Misoprostol increases contractions of the uterus to cause abortion. It can also prevent post-delivery bleeding due to poor contraction of the uterus.

Common side effects of Misoprostol

Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), Vomiting, Nausea, Uterine contractions, Diarrhea, Stomach cramp
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Expert advice for Misoprostol

  • Misoprostol helps terminate pregnancy when used along with another medicine called mifepristone.
  • It may also be used to prevent excessive bleeding after delivery.
  • For pregnancy termination:
    • Take it no later than 63 days after the first day of your last menstrual period.
    • Take it 36 – 48 hours after taking mifepristone.
    • Rest for at least 3 hours after taking the medicine.
    • If you vomit within 30 minutes of taking the tablet, talk to your doctor immediately, as you may need to take another tablet.
    • Take it only as prescribed by the doctor. Miscarriages, if incomplete, may result in serious medical complications leading to hospitalization, surgery and possible infertility.
    • Vaginal bleeding lasting for approximately 12 days may occur after taking this medicine. Inform your doctor immediately if excessive bleeding occurs or if you suffer from severe abdominal pain.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as it can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • It does not affect fertility. Use contraception to avoid pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions for Misoprostol

Misoprostol

Q. What is Misoprostol and what it is used for?

Misoprostol is a medicine which helps in medical termination of the pregnancy. It is prescribed along with another medicine called Mifepristone. It is only used to terminate a pregnancy which should not be more than 63 days old, counting from the first day of the last menstrual period. It works by increasing the contractions of the uterus. It may also be used in the prevention or treatment of post-delivery bleeding and for cervical ripening.

Q. How and in what dose should I take Misoprostol?

This medicine is administered only in a clinic or healthcare facility under the supervision of a gynaecologist.

Q. What should I expect after taking Misoprostol?

For medical termination of pregnancy: You may experience abdominal cramping, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea immediately after taking Misoprostol. You may also have vaginal bleeding within 4 hours of taking Misoprostol. You may also be asked to stay at the clinic or healthcare center for at least 3 hours after taking this medicine. After 14 days of taking Mifepristone (pill you took before Misoprostol) your gynaecologist may run some blood tests or perform ultrasonography to confirm whether pregnancy has been terminated or not.

Q. Can Misoprostol affect my future chances of getting pregnant?

No, studies have shown that this medicine does not impair the fertility of the women. Your future chances of getting pregnant are as equal as of those who have not taken this medicine.

Q. What are the common side effects of taking Misoprostol?

The common side effects of using Misoprostol are abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, uterine contractions, pelvic pain, and shivering. If you experience a very heavy vaginal bleeding or if any of these side effects bother you please consult with your gynaecologist.

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