How to use Mifeprex
Read the Medication Guide provided by your doctor before you start using Mifeprex. Keep the guide to reread if needed. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Read and sign the Patient Agreement form provided by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you do not understand how to use this medication or cannot follow the instructions. Mifeprex is available only from your doctor. It is not available from store pharmacies.
You must visit the doctor’s office at least 2 times to complete your treatment and important examinations. This treatment is only given under direct medical supervision in a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital. Be sure to have clear instructions from your doctor regarding whom to call and what to do in case of an emergency.
Your doctor may want to do an ultrasound to make sure your pregnancy is less than 10 weeks and is not outside the womb (ectopic).
Take Mifeprex by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually as a single dose. After taking mifepristone, your doctor should direct you to wait 24 to 48 hours before taking another medication (Mifeprex ) by mouth as a single dose. The medications may not work as well if you take Mifeprex sooner than 24 hours after taking Mifeprex or later than 48 hours after taking Mifeprex. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Heavy vaginal bleeding does not mean that an abortion is complete.
Avoid grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
It is important that you return for a follow-up visit within 7 to 14 days after taking mifepristone, even if you are not having any problems.
If the abortion does not occur or is not complete, or there are serious medical problems, surgery may be needed. If the treatment fails and the pregnancy continues until birth, there is a risk of birth defects.
Side Effects of Mifeprex
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, or dizziness may occur. If these effects last longer than the first 24 hours after taking the second drug (Mifeprex ), seek immediate medical attention because they can be signs of a serious medical problem.
Bleeding and cramping are expected during this treatment. Usually, the symptoms mean the drugs are working. However, sometimes you can have cramps and bleeding and still be pregnant. You must return for all of your follow-up visits with your doctor. Nausea and cramping may get worse in the 24 hours after you take the second drug (Mifeprex ). Your doctor may direct you to take other medication to help with these symptoms. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Bleeding and spotting may last up to 30 days and may be much heavier than a normal period. In very few cases, this bleeding will need to be stopped by surgery. Seek immediate medical attention if you bleed enough to soak through 2 thick, full-size sanitary pads each hour for 2 hours in a row, or if you are concerned about heavy bleeding.
Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these unlikely but very serious side effects: fever of 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C) or higher, fainting, fast heartbeat, stomach/abdominal pain, or tenderness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.