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Misoprostol

Drug Information

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.

Common brand names:

Cytotec

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check

Replenish Depleted Nutrients

  • none

Reduce Side Effects

  • none

Support Medicine

  • none

Reduces Effectiveness

  • none

Potential Negative Interaction

  • Magnesium

    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.

Explanation Required 

  • none

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.

References

1. Sifton DW, ed. Physicians Desk Reference. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 2000, 2888-91.

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