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What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill actually consists of two pills: mifepristone and misoprostol. It is also known as RU-486, Mifeprex tm , and is considered a medical abortion. These two pills work together to end a pregnancy for women up to 10 weeks pregnant.

Action

  • The first medication (mifepristone), blocks progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for the pregnancy to survive. The second medication (misoprostol) will cause cramping, and the eventual expelling of the embryo and uterine contents.

Risks

  • Heavy and prolonged bleeding (possibly up to 30 days)
  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Incomplete Abortion, resulting for the need of a surgical abortion
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Dizziness/Headache

Please discuss the risks with your doctor and have a plan should complications occur. To learn more about the abortion pill and your pregnancy options, schedule a free and confidential appointment.

References

  1. 1. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March 30). Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information.
    Retrieved April 18, 2019,
    from http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatients
    andProviders/ucm111323.htm.
  2. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March 30). Mifeprex (mifepristone)
    Information. Retrieved April 18, 2019,
    from https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatient
    sandProviders/ucm492705.hRtm.
  3. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March 30). Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information.
    Retrieved April 18, 2019,
    from https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatient
    sandProviders/ucm492705.htm.
  4. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (2016, March 30). Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information.
    Retrieved April 18, 2019,
    from http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatients
    andProviders/ucm111323.htm.

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