Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Misoprostol is used to treat or prevent stomach ulcers, especially when they may be caused or aggravated by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Misoprostol helps the stomach protect itself against acid damage. It also decreases the amount of gastric acid produced by the stomach. This medication may be used for other conditions as determined by your veterinarian.

How do I give this medication?

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day.
  • Give this medication with food.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian. Call your veterinarian ahead of time if your pet needs a refill.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • Pregnant women should not handle this medication.

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

What are the potential side effects?

  • The most common side effects include: stomach upset, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting and gas. These effects usually resolve within a few days. If diarrhea or stomach upset becomes severe, your veterinarian may request that you reduce the dose and/or give the medication with food or aluminum antacids. Notify your veterinarian if symptoms are troublesome and continue.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • Magnesium containing antacids can potentially interact with misoprostol.
  • Antacids and food may reduce the rate of absorption of misoprostol. This may reduce the amount of drug available in the body.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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