In most countries, misoprostol can be purchased in pharmacies as Cytotec or under some other trade name as an anti-ulcer medication. Some pharmacies may ask for a medical prescription for this purpose. Buying so-called “abortion drugs” on the black market or from unknown Internet sources is not recommended. Women can also purchase the combined mifepristone-misoprostol regimen online from Women on Web in the Netherlands ( http:// ) with a donation of 70-90 Euros (exceptions are made in difficult cases). This price may be higher than misoprostol tablets purchased locally, but the drugs are of known quality, and the combined regimen is significantly more effective than misoprostol used alone. Women Help Women ( https:// ) and Safe2Choose ( https:// ) also provide safe access to abortion medication.
Conservative nonoperative treatment for plantar fasciitis consists of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for several weeks. For persons who spend excessive time on their feet, a change of occupation or the use of arch supports may be useful. Overweight individuals may consider weight reduction to reduce the stress placed on their feet. For persons bitten by a poisonous snake, there are no acceptable alternatives to a fasciotomy, and there are rarely acceptable alternatives to fasciotomy for a person who has been burned.