How can I get Misoprostol?
Instead of using Misoprostol alone it is much more effective (99%) to do a medical abortion with the use of a combination of Mifepriston and Misoprostol, these are available throug Women on Web (go to www.womenonweb.org and do the online consultation)
However is some countries Misoprostol is available in pharmacies and it might be cheaper option for you than Women on Web.
The brand names for Misoprostol are :
- Cytotec (200µg Misoprostol)
- Gymiso® - 200µg tablets,
- Prostokos® - 25µg vaginal tablets,
- Vagiprost® - 25µg vaginal tablets
Medicines that contain 200µg Misoprostol are:
- Arthrotec 50 or 75
- Oxaprost 50 or 75
Sometimes it is sold over the counter without a prescription. Sometimes a prescription is necessary. It is less likely that one would need a prescription for Arthrotec or Oxaprost.
Misoprostol is used to prevent gastric ulcers
Cytotec and Cyprostol and or Misotrol are brand names for Misoprostol.
Arthrotec and Oxaprost contain Misoprostol and a painkiller called Diclofenac. It is used against pain in the joints, or rheuma or arthritis. Arthrotec is generally more expensive than Cytotec.
To obtain one these medicines, one could for example say that your grandmother has rheumatoid arthritis so severely that she is visiting and she forgot her medicines and is in pain, and that you do not have money to pay for a doctor to get the prescriptions for the tablets or that the doctor is on a holliday.
If there are problems to get the medicine in one pharmacy, try another pharmacy, or send a male friend or partner, as they might have less problems obtaining them. Or, perhaps you can find a doctor willing to prescribe them. Usually one has more luck at the smaller pharmacies that do not belong to a large chain. Misoprostol can also be ordered over the internet (see list internet pharmacies)
Sometimes, Cytotec can also be bought on the black market (places where you can also buy Marijuana). However, try to make sure that is really is Misoprostol and not a fake or some other medicine!
The woman should buy at least 12 pills of 200 mcg Misoprostol. One pill of Cytotec or Arthrotec should contain 200 micrograms of Misoprostol. Look for the dosage of Misoprostol on the package, usually the tablets contain 200 mcg, but other dosages do exist. If the pills do not contain 200 micrograms of Misoprostol, recalculate the number of pills so that the same total amount of Misoprostol will be used.