Cytotec belongs to a group of drugs colled prostaglandins. Its purpose is reducing the levels of stomach acid and protecting the vulnerable stomach lining from this substances. Thus, Cytotec significantly reduces the risk of stomach ulcers. It is usually prescribed to patients who are on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications which are known to call forward certain side effects that cause stomach acid to be released in far bigger amounts than it is healthy.
It is strongly disadviced to take Cytotec in the period of pregnancy. We cannot stress enough the importance of knowing that this medicine has been shown to cause abortions or premature birth, depending on the pregnancy term. These terrible complications usually occur after the eighth week of pregnancy onwards through uterine rupture and may be life-threatening. Cytotec also occasionally leads to considerable birth defects. This is why women of childbearing potential should avoid taking Cytotec unless the doctors deem it absolutely necessary. Even then the woman ought to confirm that she is not pregnant with the help of a pregnancy test and a gynaecologist appointment within 2 weeks before going on a Cytotec treatment regimen, agree in writing to go on effective birth control determined by a specialist, and be completely aware of all the possible risks associated with Cytotec. Also note that in this case there is a strict condition on the time of starting on the Cytotec course: the second or third day of a normal, planned menstrual period.