Misoprostol is a type of drug called a prostaglandin E1 analog that protects the mucosal lining of the stomach and intestines. It is either used alone or in combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to prevent injury to stomach and intestinal tissue caused by these agents.
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Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods
A common side effect of misoprostol is diarrhea, which is aggravated by taking magnesium.1 Consequently, individuals who experience diarrhea while taking misoprostol should avoid magnesium supplementation.
The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.
1. Sifton DW, ed. Physicians Desk Reference. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 2000, 2888-91.
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