Before taking RU-486, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you’re pregnant and advise you on your options.
RU-486, also known as “the abortion pill,” is actually a combination of two drugs — mifepristone and misoprostol — that cause early abortion. It is FDA-approved for use in women up to 49 days after their last menstrual period, however it is commonly used “off label” up to 63 days. It is NOT the same as the morning-after pill.
The FDA-approved procedure requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills (mifepristone) that cause the death of the embryo (which is the scientific term for the baby until it reaches 8 weeks in utero). Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug (misoprostol) which causes cramping that expels the placenta and embryo. The last visit is to determine if the procedure has been completed.
Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, “Issue Update: Mifepristone: An Early Abortion Option,” July 2001; Mifeprex® Medication Guide, Danco Laboratories, LLC, revised 7/19/05; U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mifeprex package insert. Vaginal Bleeding. Boxed Warnings. & Ectopic Pregnancy; Spitz IM, et al. Early pregnancy termination with mifepristone and misoprostol in the United States. N Engl J Med 1998 338 (18):1241-7.; Paul M, Lichtenberg S, Borgatta L, Grimes DA, Stubblefield PG, Creinin MD, eds. Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care. UK:Wiley-Blackwell 2009. ; U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA issues public health advisory for mifepristone.
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