What is it?

RU-486, also known as “the abortion pill,” is actually a combination of two drugs -- mifepristone and misoprostol -- that cause early abortion.It should not be used if it may have been more than 49 days since your last period. RU-486 is not the same as the Morning After Pill.

How does it work?

The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is inserted into the vagina or taken orally 24 to 72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.

Things to Consider

You are at higher risk if you have:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Bleeding problems
  • Anemia
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Pregnancy outside the uterus, known as an ectopic pregnancy-usually in the fallopian tube
  • IUD in place

Side Effects

The FDA says that the abortion pill can have serious side effects and complications, such as:

  • Hemorrhage (heavy bleeding)
  • Serious infections

IMPORTANT: Within the first 24 hours after taking mifepristone and misoprostol, contact your healthcare professional right away if you experience:

  • Heavy bleeding that soaks through two thick, full-size sanitary pads per hour for two hours
  • Persistent stomach pain or discomfort
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, with or without fever
  • F>fever of 100.4 or higher for more than 4 hours

These symptoms, even without fever, am indicate a serious and possibly fatal blood infection called sepsis.

Take time to consider all your options and get counselling from someone who does not have a financial or personal stake in your decision.  Then choose well.

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