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Can I plan a pregnancy if I am on Misoprostol?

Q: I have recently taken Arthotec to relieve pain. I took two doses and then saw the cover, which said that it is a combination of diclofenac and misoprostol, hence contraindicated in pregnancy. I am sexually active and planning a pregnancy soon. What is the half life of misoprostol in the body? Will taking two tablets have any dangerous effect on the fetus? Should I avoid getting pregnant this month? How many doses will have a significant effect?

A:Misoprostol is contraindicated during pregnancy. However its duration of action in the body is quite small, a few hours, after which it gets eliminated. Hence there is no problem in your planning a family. However do not consume this medicine again.

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