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Why is this medication prescribed?
Mifepristone is used alone or in combination with misoprostol to end an early pregnancy. Early pregnancy means it has been 49 days or less since your last period began. Mifepristone is an antiprogestational steroid. It works by blocking the activity of progesterone, a substance that your body produces to help continue a pregnancy.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Mifepristone comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It should be taken only in a clinic, medical office, or hospital under the supervision of a doctor. You will take three tablets of mifepristone on the first day. Two days later you must go back to your doctor. If your doctor cannot confirm that your pregnancy has ended, you will take two tablets of another medication, called misoprostol. You may continue to experience vaginal bleeding for 9 to 30 days or even longer. If your bleeding is heavy, you should call the emergency contact number or your doctor. Fourteen days after taking the mifepristone, you must go back to your doctor for an examination or ultrasound to make sure that the pregnancy has ended.
Other uses for this medicine
Mifepristone also is used occasionally as a 'morning-after pill,' to end an early pregnancy that your doctor already knows will not produce a live baby, and to treat tumors of the meninges (unresectable meningioma), endometriosis, or Cushing's syndrome. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking mifepristone,
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Do not take this medication with grapefruit juice.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
You will only take mifepristone in your doctor's office or clinic, so you don't have to worry about forgeting to take a dose at home. Make sure you keep all appointments with your doctor.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from mifepristone can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience the following symptom, call your doctor immediately:
You will only take mifepristone in your doctor's office or clinic, so you will not be storing it at home.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
If mifepristone treatment does not end your pregnancy and you do not have surgery to end the pregnancy, there is a risk of birth defects in the baby.
After ending this pregnancy with mifepristone, you can become pregnant again right away. If you do not want to become pregnant again, you should begin using birth control as soon as this pregnancy ends or before you start having sexual intercourse again.
You must keep appointments with your doctor 2 days and 14 days after taking mifepristone to make sure that the pregnancy has ended.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT