Mifepristone Abortion Pill

Commonly known as "the abortion pill," mifepristone (Mifeprex®, Korlym™) is prescribed to a woman who is seven weeks or less into her pregnancy and has decided to have an abortion. This medication comes in the form of tablets that are taken as a one-time dose. This abortion method may be a good option for women who prefer to try to avoid a surgical abortion.
Mifepristone works by blocking the action of a certain hormone called progesterone, which is needed to help prepare the lining of the uterus for a fertilized egg and to help maintain the pregnancy. By blocking progesterone, mifepristone causes the lining of the uterus to soften and break down, causing the pregnancy to end.
(Click Mifepristone for more information, including potential side effects, dosing instructions, and helpful tips on what to expect during this abortion process.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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