What is misoprostol? Key side effects and common uses

Side effects


Like all medicines, and because of the many actions of prostaglandins, misoprostol can have some unwanted side effects. The most common side effect is diarrhoea and doses are usually kept as low as possible to prevent severe diarrhoea occurring. People with stomach problems often use antacids to relieve symptoms; antacids containing magnesium should be avoided as they can make the diarrhoea with misoprostol worse. Other common side effects include nausea and vomiting (being sick), dizziness, headache, indigestion, skin rashes, tummy pain and irregular menstrual bleeding. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as haemorrhage, infections and allergic reactions can occur.

Read on to find out about misoprostol use in labour and termination of pregnancy.