The Abortion Pill

What is the abortion pill?

The “abortion pill” is the common name for two medications that are used together to terminate a pregnancy: mifepristone (also known as RU-486) and misoprostol. Mifepristone blocks the hormone progesterone, which stops the pregnancy from progressing. Misoprostol is taken 24 to 48 hours after mifepristone, and it causes bleeding and cramping as the uterus contracts and expels the embryo.

When is this type of abortion performed?

The abortion pill is used up to 7-10 weeks gestation. The first pill, mifepristone, is taken at the abortion clinic. The second pill, misoprostol, is taken at home. A follow-up appointment with a doctor is necessary after taking the abortion pill to ensure your safety. This care should include both an ultrasound and bloodwork.

When is it not safe to take the abortion pill?

It is not recommended if you:

  • Have an ectopic pregnancy
  • Have adrenal gland problems
  • Are being treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy
  • Have had an allergic reaction to mifepristone or similar drugs
  • Have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinner medicine
  • Have inherited porphyria
  • Have an IUD in place

Can I obtain “abortion pills” from an alternate source?

It is prohibited by Florida law to obtain abortion-inducing medications from any source other than a medical provider. Before seeking a chemical abortion, Florida law requires you to have a sonogram 24 hours before starting the medication. This must be done in person by the physician providing the chemical abortion.

What are the risks of taking the abortion pill?

Below are the side effects and possible complications of the abortion pill:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fever and chills
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion

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