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Mifeprex Abortion Pill

If you are seven weeks pregnant or less and want an abortion, your healthcare provider may prescribe a pill called Mifeprex® (mifepristone). This medication comes in tablet form and is taken as a one-time dose in a healthcare setting, such as a clinic or hospital.
Mifeprex 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, Mifeprex causes the lining of the uterus to soften and break down, causing the pregnancy to end.
If Mifeprex does not cause a complete abortion, misoprostol (Cytotec®) is given two days later. This drug causes the uterus to contract and push out the products of conception.
(For more information on this abortion pill, click Mifeprex. This full-length article provides more details on how this drug works, potential side effects, and safety precautions to discuss with your healthcare provider.)
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