Cytotec Injuries and Medication Errors: Your Rights Under the Law
Cytotec (misoprostol) is a drug used to address stomach ulcers. However, it can also be used off-label to induce labor. The FDA has not approved this drug for medical management of miscarriage and induced abortion. When administering the drug mainly to address gastric ulcers, the doctor must first know if the patient is pregnant or not.
What Is Cytotec?
Cytotec, though used to treat ulcers, can sometimes be used for labor induction. What it does is it lines the stomach by lowering the acid that comes into contact with it.
Commonly, it is used to reduce the gastric ulcer caused by taking NSAID or non-steroidal inflammatory drugs. However, when you combine it with mifepristone, a drug used to block cortisol, and administer it to a pregnant woman, it may cause abortion, birth defects, and premature labor.
Other side effects of Cytotec include: