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What Is Mifeprex Made Of?

Mifeprex® (mifepristone) is a prescription medication licensed to end a pregnancy that is no longer than seven weeks along. It is sometimes called "the abortion pill," and was originally known as RU-486. However, Mifeprex is not the same as the "morning after pill" (Plan B®).
Mifeprex comes in tablet form and is taken as a one-time dose in a healthcare provider's office or clinic. This pill may be a good option for women who prefer to try to avoid a surgical abortion. Mifepristone, the active ingredient, works by blocking the action of progesterone, a hormone necessary to maintain a pregnancy. By blocking progesterone, the medication causes the lining of the uterus to become soft and break down, thus ending the pregnancy.
(For more details on what this drug is made of and how it works, click Mifeprex. This resource also describes possible side effects, dosing instructions, and important safety precautions.)
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