Post-partum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal mortality according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is treatable with Misoprostol…unless it’s fake. Counterfeit Misoprostol, found widely worldwide could cost a mother’s life before the mistake is discovered.

Each year, 45 million women deliver without a skilled attendant, a situation in which the greatest number of maternal deaths occurs,” says World Health Organization experts, adding that “women can safely self-administer misoprostol orally to effectively prevent postpartum hemorrhage.”

Cytotec a brand of misoprostol is a prescription medicine used as a prophylaxis to prevent NSAID-Induced Ulcers and as pregnancy termination. Cytotec may be used alone or with other medications. Cytotec belongs to a class of drugs called Gastrointestinal Agents, Other; Prostaglandins, Endocrine. It is not known if Cytotec is safe and effective in children younger than 8 years of age.

According to Reproductive rights activists in Malta, the COVID-19 travel route shutdown has allowed Facebook vendors to peddle fake abortion pills to women.

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How to Spot Fake Cytotec Pills

In their latest report on fake online pharmacies that ply their trade in the United States, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) found more than 1,500 new websites that it considers “Not Recommended,” and of these, 31% are offering illicit prescription drugs.

What does fake Cytotec look like?

A consumer, may not have access to most of the test equipment used by regulatory bodies to verify the identity of a drug product but there are simple guidelines that can help identify a fake Cytotec.


Check the Cytotec Packaging: This is the simplest and the easiest method to check the authenticity of  Cytotec. Check the packaging for details like unusual fonts, print color, and missing logo. Analyze whether it appears the same or different from the one you have used before.


No Breakage in the Seal: A Cytotec packet that comes with a security seal should not be damaged. Look for a crack or break in the sealing tape.


Check the Cytotec Dosage Form: Look for dissimilarities in the physical appearance of the drug like its color, size, uniformity, consistency, shape, etc.


Physical Attributes of tablet: As stated by World Health Organization, the common physical attributes that need to be looked out for in medicine tablets are;


  • Small pieces of tablets, excessive powder at the bottom of the medicine container, or brittle and crumbly capsules spilling powder.


  • Cracks in the tablets or capsules.


  • The appearance of crystals on the container walls or on the medicine tablets.


  • Softening or hardening of the medicines.


  • Swelling, spots, or discoloration of the tablets or capsule.


 Allergies / Unexpected Side Effects from using Cytotec: Most medicines including  Cytotec have side effects. It is important to consult your doctor before the usage to keep a check on allergies arising from it. If you notice certain unexpected or harmful side effects from your medication, report to your doctor immediately.


Price of Cytotec: If the price of a Cytotec pill is suddenly far cheaper than the usual rate, double-check the product as there may be a chance that the fake companies wanted to lure customers by providing medicines at much cheaper rates.


Verify Online or SMS: Many countries have unique methods for the verification of the genuineness of pills using authentication codes or other online portals to confirm the authenticity of the Cytotec being purchased.


General Side Effects You Should Expect From a Genuine Cytotec

Cytotec may cause serious side effects including:

  • severe ongoing stomach discomfort or diarrhea,
  • feeling very thirsty or hot,
  • unable to urinate,
  • heavy sweating, and
  • hot and dry skin

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Cytotec include:

  • diarrhea,
  • stomach pain,
  • nausea,
  • upset stomach,
  • gas,
  • vaginal bleeding or spotting,
  • heavy menstrual flow, and
  • menstrual cramps

Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Cytotec. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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