The term abortion pill can be misleading. Many patients have shared with our staff that their experience with this procedure was far worse than their expectation of “just taking a pill.” We highly recommend you learn more about this drug treatment before taking it. There is a good website for you to research personal stories from other women that have had this procedure.
Before taking RU-486 or any other medication, get information from a trusted source so that you understand how it works and the possible side effects. Women have trusted Clearway Clinic with pregnancy decisions since 2000.

What is it?

RU-486 otherwise known as Mifeprex/Mifepristone is an oral steroid that causes an abortion to occur. It is actually a combination of two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol – that cause early abortion. It should not be used if it has been more than 70 days since your last period. It is NOT the same as the Morning After Pill, commonly sold under the trade-names PlanB One-Step® or EllaOne®

Possible impacts to your Health:

One of the key reasons this procedure can be difficult is that the products of conception are usually expelled while you are alone. This can be very stressful to experience.
In addition, the side effects can be severe include heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and cramping.
Never attempt to purchase this product from the black market. Only accept this from a licensed physician that can provide immediate and adequate care should anything go wrong.

How Does It Work?

This drug breaks down the uterine lining that will then shed the growing embryo from the uterus
The FDA approved Mifeprex dosage is:
• Day 1: 200 mg of Mifeprex taken by mouth
• 24 to 48 hours after taking Mifeprex: 800 mcg of misoprostol taken buccally (in the cheek pouch)
• 7 to 14 days: follow-up with the doctor to ensure the procedure is complete

The abortion pill is reversible. More info here.

Because of the risk of serious complications, RU486 is only available by prescription through a physician.

Women who have taken RU486 should seek immediate medical care for the below symptoms as they could be a sign of serious complications:

• Sustained fever, severe abdominal pain, prolonged heavy bleeding, or fainting.
• Abdominal pain or discomfort, or general malaise (“feeling sick,” including weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, with or without fever) for more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Post market Drug Safety Information for Patients and Providers (2016). Mifeprex (mifepristone) information. Retrieved from:
New England Journal of Medicine, April 30, 1998, Vol. 338 No. 18. Washington Post, February 4, 1997, Robin Heterman
Citizen: “Deadly Temptation” January 2000, by Matthewes-Green

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