Misoprostol is used for the treatment and prevention of stomach ulcers in dogs. It is used to treat stomach ulcers, especially those due to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and some prescription arthritis medications (see patient info sheet for examples).
Misoprostol is a prescription medication for the treatment and prevention of stomach ulcers. It is used to treat stomach ulcers, especially those due to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and some prescription arthritis medications (see patient info sheet for examples). Misoprostol is also used to decrease the toxic effects to the kidney resulting from the use of cyclosporine.
How it works: Misoprostol treats and prevents gastric (stomach) ulcers by protecting the stomach lining and decreasing stomach acid formation. Misoprostol is a synthetic form of a prostaglandin.
Dosage & Administration: Misoprostol is given by mouth. May be given with small amount of food if stomach upset occurs. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
Possible side effects of Misoprostol: May see diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, or flatulence (excess gas). May see vaginal bleeding or uterine contractions in female dogs.
If you miss giving a dose: If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
If you overdose the pet: If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately. Signs of an overdose include diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and weakness.
What should I avoid while giving Misoprostol to my pet: Consult your veterinarian before using Misoprostol with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements and magnesium-containing antacids, since interactions may occur.
Who should not take it? Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it or hypersensitive to prostaglandins. Do not use in pregnant animals, since it may cause abortion. Do not use in lactating animals (female animals nursing their young), as the puppies may develop serious diarrhea. Do not use in animals with vascular (blood vessel) disease of the brain or heart.