What to Know About the  Abortion Pill

The medication commonly  known as the abortion pill,  or medical abortion,  involves taking in quick  succession of two pills:  Mifeprex (mifepristone)  and misoprostol. 

PROCESS

Patient takes mifepristone

Mifepristone blocks the body's  own hormone progesterone* (Progesterone advances pregnancy)

Immediately afterwards or up to 48 hours later, the patient takes misoprostol

Misoprostol causes the body  to empty the uterus

Patient may experience symptoms from 5 to 24 hours

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SYMPTOMS

CRAMPING

DIARRHEA

HEAVY BLEEDING

Symptoms may include cramping and heavy bleeding, as misoprostol causes the body to empty the uterus. Other symptoms include diarrhea, headache, and slight fever. 

HEADACHE

SLIGHT FEVER

SYMPTOM INFO

Planned parenthood recommends you see a doctor soon after you've finished your regimen of pills if you have any concerns. The following symptoms require immediate attention:

• No bleeding within 24 hours after taking the second medicine (misoprostol) • Heavy bleeding that soaks through more than two maxi pads in an hour, for two or more hours in a row • Large clots (bigger than a lemon) dropping for more than two hours.

• Belly pain or cramps that don't  get better with medication. • Fever of 100.4 or higher after  taking misoprostol • Weakness, nausea, vomiting and  diarrhea that continues more than  24 hours after taking misoprostol