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Pfizer Healthcare Ireland

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Summary of Product Characteristics last updated on medicines.ie: 1/21/2015
SPC Cytotec 200 mcg Tablets

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Cytotec 200 microgram Tablets.

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Each tablet contains 200 micrograms misoprostol.

Excipients with known effect:

Contains hydrogenated castor oil, 1.0mg

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

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White to off-white flat, hexagonal shaped tablets scored on both sides with, SEARLE over '1461' on one side.

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4.1 Therapeutic indications

In the management and prophylaxis of peptic ulcers associated with use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In the short-term management of gastric and duodenal ulcer.

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4.2 Posology and method of administration


Healing of duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer and NSAID-induced peptic ulcer:

800 micrograms daily in two or four divided doses taken with breakfast and/or each main meal and at bedtime.

Treatment should be given initially for at least 4 weeks even if symptomatic relief has been achieved sooner. In most patients ulcers will be healed in 4 weeks but treatment may be continued for up to 8 weeks if required. If the ulcer relapses further treatment courses may be given.

Prophylaxis of NSAID-induced peptic ulcer:

200 micrograms twice daily, three times daily or four times daily. Treatment can be continued as required. Dosage should be individualised according to the clinical condition of each patient.


The usual dosage may be used.

Renal impairment:

Available evidence indicates that no adjustment of dosage is necessary in patients with renal impairment.

Hepatic impairment:

Cytotec is metabolised by fatty acid oxidising systems present in organs throughout the body. Its metabolism and plasma levels are therefore unlikely to be affected markedly in patients with hepatic impairment.

Paediatric population

Use of Cytotec in children has not yet been evaluated in the treatment of peptic ulceration or NSAID-induced peptic ulcer disease.

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4.3 Contraindications

Misoprostol is contraindicated:

In women who are pregnant, or in whom pregnancy has not been excluded, or who are planning a pregnancy as misoprostol increases uterine tone and contractions in pregnancy which may cause partial or complete expulsion of the products of conception (see sections 4.4, 4.6 and 4.8).

In patients with known hypersensitivity to the active substance, misoprostol or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1 or to other prostaglandins.

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4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Use in pre-menopausal women (see also section 4.3):

Cytotec should not be used in pre-menopausal women unless the patient requires nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) therapy and is at high risk of complications from NSAID-induced ulceration.

In such patients it is advised that Cytotec should only be used if the patient:

• takes effective contraceptive measures

• has been advised of the risks of taking Cytotec if pregnant (see section 4.3).

Women of childbearing potential should not be started on misoprostol until pregnancy is excluded, and should be fully counselled on the importance of adequate contraception while undergoing treatment. If pregnancy is suspected, use of the product should be discontinued (see sections 4.3, 4.6 and 4.8).

Gastrointestinal bleeding, ulceration, and perforation have occurred in NSAID-treated patients receiving misoprostol. Physicians and patients should remain alert for ulceration, even in the absence of gastrointestinal symptoms, and, where appropriate, endoscopy and biopsy should be carried out before use to ensure that malignant disease is absent in the upper gastrointestinal tract. These investigations and any others considered necessary by the clinician should be repeated at appropriate intervals for follow-up purposes.

Symptomatic responses to misoprostol do not preclude the presence of gastric malignancy.

Misoprostol should be used with caution in patients with conditions that predispose them to diarrhoea, such as inflammatory bowel disease. To minimise the risk of diarrhoea, misoprostol should be taken with food, and magnesium-containing antacids should be avoided (see section 4.5).

Misoprostol should be used with caution in patients in whom dehydration would be dangerous. These patients should be monitored carefully.

The results of clinical studies indicate that misoprostol does not produce hypotension at dosages effective in promoting the healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers. Nevertheless, misoprostol should be used with caution in the presence of disease states where hypotension might precipitate severe complications, e.g. cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease or severe peripheral vascular disease including hypertension.

There is no evidence that Cytotec has adverse effects on glucose metabolism in human volunteers or patients with diabetes mellitus.

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4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Concomitant administration of NSAIDs and misoprostol in rare cases can cause a transaminase increase and peripheral oedema.

Cytotec is predominantly metabolised via fatty acid oxidising systems and has shown no adverse effect on the hepatic microsomal mixed function oxidase (P450) enzyme system. In specific studies no clinically significant pharmacokinetic interaction has been demonstrated with antipyrine or diazepam. A modest increase in propranolol concentrations (mean approximately 20% in AUC, 30% in Cmax) has been observed with multiple dosing of misoprostol. In extensive clinical studies no drug interactions have been attributed to Cytotec.

Drug interaction studies with misoprostol and several NSAIDs showed no clinically significant effect on the kinetics of ibuprofen, diclofenac, piroxicam, aspirin, naproxen or indomethacin.

Magnesium-containing antacids should be avoided during treatment with misoprostol as this may worsen the misoprostol-induced diarrhoea.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Cytotec is contraindicated in women who are pregnant because it induces uterine contractions and is associated with abortion, premature birth, foetal death and birth defects (see sections 4.3 and 4.4). First trimester exposure to misoprostol is associated with a significantly increased risk of two birth defects: Möbius sequence (i.e. palsies of cranial nerves VI and VII) and terminal transverse limb defects. Other defects including arthrogryposis have been observed.

The risk of uterine rupture increases with advancing gestational age and with prior uterine surgery, including Caesarean delivery. Grand multiparity also appears to be a risk factor for uterine rupture.


Misoprostol is rapidly metabolised in the mother to misoprostol acid, which is biologically active and is excreted in breast milk. Misoprostol should not be administered to nursing mothers because the excretion of misoprostol acid could cause undesirable effects such as diarrhoea in nursing infants.

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4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Cytotec can cause dizziness. Patients should be cautioned about operating machinery and driving.

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4.8 Undesirable effects

The Adverse reaction terms were then categorized utilizing the incidence rate as follows:

Very Common: ≥ 1/10 (≥10%)

Common: ≥ 1/100 and < 1/10, (≥1% and <10%)

Uncommon: ≥ 1/1000 and < 1/100, (≥0.1% and <1%)

Rare: ≥ 1/10,000 and < 1/1000, (≥0.01% and <0.1%)

Very Rare: < 1/10,000, (<0.01%)

Not Known

Immune System Disorder

Not Known


Anaphylactic reaction

Nervous System Disorders



Dizziness, headache

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Very common




Abdominal pain*, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea, vomiting

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders

Very Common



Pregnancy, puerperium, and perinatal conditions

Not Known



Amniotic fluid embolism, abnormal uterine contractions, foetal death, incomplete abortion, premature birth, retained placenta, uterine rupture, uterine perforation

Reproductive System and Breast Disorders




Not Known


Vaginal haemorrhage (including postmenopausal bleeding), intermenstrual bleeding, menstrual disorder, uterine cramping

Menorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea

Uterine haemorrhage

Congenital, Familial and Genetic Disorders

Not Known


Birth defects

General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions

Not Known





* Diarrhoea and abdominal pain were dose-related, usually developed early in the course of therapy, and were typically self-limiting. Rare instances of profound diarrhoea leading to severe dehydration has been reported.

Diarrhoea can be minimised by using single doses not exceeding 200 micrograms with food and by avoiding the use of predominantly magnesium containing antacids when an antacid is required.

Syncope has been infrequently reported.

The pattern of adverse events associated with Cytotec is similar when an NSAID is given concomitantly.

Clinical Trials:

In clinical trials, over 15,000 patients and subjects received at least one dose of misoprostol. Adverse reactions involved primarily the gastrointestinal system.

Diarrhoea and abdominal pain were dose-related, usually developed early in the course of therapy, and were typically self-limiting. Rare instances of profound diarrhoea leading to severe dehydration have been reported.

The profile for adverse reactions with >1% incidence was similar for subacute (four to twelve weeks duration) and long- term (up to one year) clinical trials.

The safety of long-term (greater than 12 weeks) administration of misoprostol has been demonstrated in several studies in which patients were treated continuously for up to one year. This includes no adverse or unusual change in the morphology of gastric mucosa, as determined by gastric biopsy.

Special Populations:

There were no significant differences in the safety profile of misoprostol in patients who were 65 years of age or older, compared with younger patients.

The use of misoprostol in children has not yet been evaluated.

A number of side effects have been reported in clinical studies or in the literature following use of misoprostol for non-approved indications. These include abnormal uterine contractions, uterine haemorrhage, uterine rupture/perforation, retained placenta, amniotic fluid embolism, incomplete abortion, premature birth, foetal death, and birth defects. (See Section 4.3, Contraindications, Section 4.6, Pregnancy and Lactation and Section and Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use).

Reporting of side effects

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via HPRA Pharmacovigilance, Earlsfort Terrace, IRL - Dublin 2; Tel: +353 1 6764971; Fax: +353 1 6762517. Website: www.hpra.ie; E-mail: medsafety@hpra.ie.

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4.9 Overdose

Signs and Symptoms of Overdose

The toxic dose of misoprostol in humans has not been determined. Clinical signs that may indicate an overdose are sedation, tremor, convulsions, dyspnea, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, palpitations, hypotension, or bradycardia.

Treatment of Overdose

Because misoprostol is metabolized like a fatty acid, it is unlikely that dialysis would be appropriate treatment for overdosage. In cases of overdose, standard supportive measures should be adopted as require

In clinical trials patients have tolerated 1200 micrograms daily for three months without significant adverse effects.

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5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Cytotec is an analogue of naturally occurring prostaglandin E1 which promotes peptic ulcer healing and symptomatic relief. As a PGE1 analogue it shares some at least, of that hormone's effects on smooth muscle.

Cytotec protects the gastroduodenal mucosa by inhibiting basal, stimulated and nocturnal acid secretion and by reducing the volume of gastric secretions, the proteolytic activity of the gastric fluid, and increasing bicarbonate and mucus secretion.

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5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Cytotec is rapidly absorbed following oral administration, with peak plasma levels of the active metabolite (misoprostol acid) occurring after about 30 minutes. The plasma elimination half-life of misoprostol acid is 20-40 minutes. No accumulation of misoprostol acid in plasma occurs after repeated dosing of 400 micrograms twice daily.

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5.3 Preclinical safety data

In single and repeat-dose studies in dogs, rats and mice at multiples of the human dose, toxicological findings were consistent with the known pharmacological effects of the E-type prostaglandins, the main symptoms being diarrhoea, vomiting, mydriasis, tremors and hyperpyrexia. Gastric mucosal hyperplasia was also observed in the mouse, rat and the dog. In the rat and the dog the hyperplasia was reversible on discontinuation of misoprostol following one year of dosing. Histological examination of gastric biopsies in humans has shown no adverse tissue response after up to one year's treatment. In studies of fertility, teratogenicity and peri/post-natal toxicity in rats and rabbits there were no major findings. A decrease in implantation's and some pup growth retardation was observed at doses greater than 100 times the human dose. It was concluded that misoprostol does not significantly affect rat pups in the peri/post-natal period.

Misoprostol was negative in a battery of 6 in vitro assays and one in vivo test to assess mutogenic potential. In carcinogenicity studies in the rat and mouse it was concluded that there was no risk of carcinogenic hazard.

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6.1 List of excipient(s)

Microcrystalline cellulose

Sodium starch glycolate (Type A)

Hydrogenated castor oil


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6.2 Incompatibilities

Not Applicable.

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6.3 Shelf life

3 Years.

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6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 30°C.

Store in the original package.

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6.5 Nature and contents of container

Cold-formed aluminium blister packs of 56, 60, 112, 120 or 140 tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

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6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements.

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Pfizer Healthcare Ireland

9 Riverwalk

National Digital Park

Citywest Business Campus

Dublin 24

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PA 822/118/1

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Date of first authorisation: 11 April 1989

Date of last renewal: 11 April 2014

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