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Misoprostol is used in medical abortion and post-delivery bleeding

How it 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

Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Uterine bleeding , Infection following abortion, Uterine cramps

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Expert advice

  • If you are taking Misoprostol orally, then it is best taken with food and do not take antacids that contain magnesium along with it. Ask your doctor for help in selecting a suitable antacid.
  • Take Misoprostol only as prescribed by the doctor because in some cases, miscarriages caused by Misoprostol are likely to be incomplete which may result in serious medical complications, leading to hospitalization, surgery and possible infertility.
  • Notify the doctor immediately if excessive bleeding occurs.

Frequently asked questions



Is misoprostol safe?
Yes. Misoprostol is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor


Is misoprostol available or sold over the counter?
No. Misoprostol is a prescription drug. It is not available or sold over the counter


Is misoprostol effective orally?
Yes. Misoprostol is effective orally

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Is misoprostol available and legal in India?
Yes. Misoprostol is legally available in India


Can I take misoprostol with Advil, Vicodin, hydrocodone?
Misoprostol may be taken with Advil (ibuprofen), Vicodin (paracetamol and hydrocodone), and hydrocodone if prescribed by your doctor.


Does misoprostol cause weight gain?
There is no evidence of misoprostol causing weight gain. If you notice any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 16 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)