Do not take misoprostol for the prevention of stomach ulcers if you are pregnant or if you might become pregnant during treatment. If you do become pregnant during treatment with misoprostol, stop taking the medication and contact your doctor immediately. Misoprostol is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that misoprostol is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Misoprostol can cause miscarriage or spontaneous abortion (sometimes incomplete which could lead to dangerous bleeding and require hospitalization and surgery), premature birth, or birth defects. Misoprostol has also been reported to cause uterine rupture (tearing) when given after the eighth week of pregnancy, which can result in severe bleeding, hysterectomy, and/or maternal or fetal death. A pregnancy test with negative results will be required within 2 weeks of starting treatment with misoprostol, and treatment will begin only on the second or third day of a regular menstrual cycle. Also, appropriate contraception will be needed to prevent pregnancy during treatment and for one menstrual cycle following treatment.

 Cytotec is used for inductions a drung that doctors use "off label" daily for inductions in hospitals all over the world. Were you given Cyotec for your induction?

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Aug. 12, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Wow, scary!!

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Aug. 13, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Thanks for the info mama! No, I never was given cytotec for inductions.

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Aug. 14, 2008 at 11:32 AM

I can't imagine ever having to be induced. I believe (for myself) in nature childbirth so it would have to be an emergency if I were to even consider being induced.

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Aug. 18, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I was given Cytotec for my induction and didn't think much of it.  Then, the woman who ran a mommies group I attended asked everyone what meds they had taken.  When I told her Cytotec - she asked who my doctor was.  She said she would NEVER recommend anyone be given it for induction.  She was a doula for a lady who had contractions EVERY 30 SECONDS with it!!  Now, I've read more about it on the internet and wonder if there will be any effects as my baby (now healthy) grows.  It looks like they're using it without sufficient studies.  One of the FDA warnings is about meconium, which my little baby had to be suctioned for when she was delivered.  I hope more people respond to this post, because I'm curious what other people's experience has been.  One of my co-workers sisters' just lost a baby due in part to uterine rupture and I'm wondering if Cytotec was to blame. 

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Sep. 8, 2008 at 5:41 PM

I did for my first labor.  I actually trusted my OB.  It ended in CS.  My second child was a RCS and my DD was a VBA2C.   Needless to say, I stopped her that sOB after my second CS and am now seeing a great MW. 

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