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Misoprostol belongs to a class of medications called synthetic prostaglandin E1 analogs.
Misoprostol can only be obtained with a prescription from a registered medical practitioner; therefore it should not be dispensed Over-The-Counter.
Misoprostol protects the stomach lining and decreases the acid secretion in the stomach.
A pregnancy test should be confirmed as negative, two weeks before starting treatment with misoprostol.
Effective contraceptive measures should be strictly followed at least one month after stopping misoprostol therapy to avoid pregnancy.
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