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Cytotec is a drug approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent ulcers in people who take certain arthritis or pain medicines, including aspirin, which can cause ulcers. It protects the stomach lining and decreases stomach acid secretion. Cytotec is also known by its generic name misoprostol. It was invented and marketed by G.D. Searle & Company (now Pfizer).

Off Label Use

Many obstetricians prescribe Cytotec to induce labor in pregnant women, though it is not approved for this use. The drugs manufacturer (Searle) has never carried out clinical trials to find out Cytotec's safety when given to pregnant women as an inducement agent. Additionally, Searle has never advertised or promoted the drug for any purpose other than as an anti-ulcer drug.

As no clinical trials have been conducted to decide the use of Cytotec as an induction agent, doctors didn’t have any idea about the adequate dosage level. However, many doctors prescribed the drug over the last decade for this purpose. As a result of this experiment, many women, especially those who had undergone a cesarean operation previously, experienced fatal side effects of Cytotec. The adverse reactions include cervical ripening, birth injuries to the babies and death of the mother as well as child. Other dangers of Cytotec include uterine rupture, jaundice in the baby, fetal distress resulting from uterine hyper stimulation, increased incidence of postpartum blood loss, fluid overload from the IV use, amniotic fluid embolism and an on the whole increased threat of instrumental or surgical delivery.

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