The Abortion Pill
Abortion Pill (Medical Abortion)
Medical abortion, also known as the "abortion pill" or RU 486. In a medical abortion, Mifeprex is used, together with another medication called misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy through 70 days gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman's last menstrual period). Medical abortion may involve up to 3 office visits with your provider and may require a surgical procedure if the medical abortion is incomplete. Open Arms does not provide the abortion pill but are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Before taking the abortion pill (or RU486), you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health, and how it works. One of our medical staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you're pregnant and advise you on your options. We do not profit from your reproductive choices and therefore all our services are free, and we do not perform or refer for abortions or the abortion pill.
Mifeprex is used, together with another medication called misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy through 70 days gestation (70 days or less since the first day of a woman's last menstrual period). According to the FDA (2016) the regimen is as follows:
- On Day One: 200 mg of Mifeprex taken by mouth
- 24-48 hours after taking Mifeprex: 800 mcg of misoprostol taken buccally (in the cheek pouch), at a location appropriate for the patient
- About seven to fourteen days after taking Mifeprex: follow-up with the healthcare provider
- Mifeprex must be ordered, prescribed and dispensed by or under the supervision of a healthcare provider who prescribes and who meets certain qualifications.
- Do not buy Mifeprex over the internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health.
- Cramping and vaginal bleeding are expected effects of the treatment regimen. In some cases very heavy vaginal bleeding will need to be stopped by a surgical procedure. Other common side effects of the treatment regimen include nausea, weakness, fever/chills, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, and dizziness in the first day or two after taking the two medicines.
- The FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in women who took Mifeprex. The reports in women who took Mifeprex include one case of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal; and a single case of non-fatal heart attack. At this time, it is unknown whether there is a casual relationship between any of these adverse events and the use of Mifeprex and misoprostol.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
- Mifeprex (mifepristone) Information http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm111323.htm
- Questions and Answers on Mifeprex (3/30/2016) http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm492705.htm