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Mifepristone and Misoprostol

Women who are seven weeks pregnant or less and decide to terminate their pregnancy may receive mifepristone (Mifeprex®, Korlym™). This abortion pill is taken as a one-time dose. However, if mifepristone does not cause an abortion, the healthcare provider may prescribe a second medication called misoprostol (Cytotec®). This drug is given two days after your mifepristone dose, and works by causing the uterus to contract and push out the products of conception.
Two weeks after taking mifepristone, you will need to return to your healthcare provider's office. He or she will give you a physical exam or an ultrasound to make sure mifepristone successfully ended your pregnancy. If you are still pregnant, your healthcare provider will talk to you about other options for ending your pregnancy.
(To learn more, click Mifepristone Dosage. This Web page contains more dosing instructions, including why it's important to take the medication exactly as prescribed.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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