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Mifepristone is used in medical abortion

How it works

Mifepristone blocks the effects of progesterone, a natural female hormone which is needed for the pregnancy to sustain. Without this hormone, the lining of the uterus (womb) breaks down as it does during a menstrual period and stops the growth of the pregnancy.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Uterine cramps, Diarrhoea, Infection following abortion, Uterine bleeding

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Expert advice

  • In case of heavy and prolonged bleeding, or if the expulsion has occurred before you took prostaglandin, you should contact the doctor immediately to ensure complete evacuation.
  • If pregnancy continues or expulsion is incomplete, you will be offered another method for terminating the pregnancy.
  • Do not take mifepristone If  you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substance mifepristone or prostaglandin (if required to be taken  together) any of the other ingredients of the medicine.
  • Because mifepristone may pass into breast milk and be taken in by your baby, you should stop in case you were breastfeeding once you have taken the treatment.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Can you take mifepristone with water?
Misoprostol can be ingested orally with water
Q. Is mifepristone and misoprostol available/ legal in India?
Yes,it is available in India,but it should only be used as per doctor's advice
Q. Can I take ibuprofen with mifepristone?
Mifepristone may increase the blood levels and effects of ibuprofen, even after you have stopped taking mifepristone for a while.You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications.

Content on this page was last updated on 12 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)