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Specific Safety Concerns With Mifeprex

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Mifeprex

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
 
  • Vaginal bleeding and cramping is an expected part of Mifeprex treatment. Most women bleed for 9 to 16 days after taking the medication, although you may bleed longer. Persistent, heavy bleeding can be a sign of a potentially serious problem. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience heavy bleeding; for example, bleeding that soaks through two thick sanitary pads per hour for two consecutive hours. Some women may require a surgical procedure to stop the bleeding.
 
  • There have been reports of serious infections occurring in women who received this medicine. Although rare, some infections could lead to death. It is not clear whether Mifeprex actually caused the infections. However, it is important to seek immediate medical care if you have any signs of an infection, such as:
 
    • A high fever (100.4°F or higher for more than four hours)
    • Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Tenderness in the pelvic area
    • Weakness
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea that lasts longer than 24 hours after taking Mifeprex.
 
  • You will need to visit your healthcare provider two days after taking Mifeprex, and again about 12 days later (two weeks after your Mifeprex dose). These visits are very important to make sure the medication worked and to check for potential side effects. If your healthcare provider determines you are still pregnant two weeks after taking Mifeprex, he or she will discuss other options with you, including the possibility of a surgical procedure to end your pregnancy. There is a risk for birth defects if pregnancy continues after taking Mifeprex.
 
  • You will be given a medication guide that describes Mifeprex. Make sure to take this guide with you if you need to seek emergency medical care after taking Mifeprex, so your healthcare provider will know you have taken a medication to end a pregnancy.
 
  • You should know that you can become pregnant before you have another normal menstrual period. You can begin birth control as soon as your healthcare provider determines your pregnancy has ended.
 
 
  • Mifeprex is a pregnancy Category X medication because it can harm an unborn child (see Mifeprex and Pregnancy). It should only be used during pregnancy to terminate the pregnancy.
 
  • Mifeprex passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Mifeprex and Breastfeeding).
 
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