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Mifepristone Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(mi FE pris tone)

U.S. Brand Names

Mifeprex®

Pharmacologic Category

Abortifacient; Antineoplastic Agent, Hormone Antagonist; Antiprogestin

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• If this medicine does not cause a complete abortion, surgery may be needed to complete the abortion. Make sure that you understand this medicine, what it is for, how to use it, and when to go back to healthcare provider. You must agree to the abortion and surgery if needed. You must read the medication guide and sign a patient agreement form.

• Serious bleeding may occur following use of this medicine. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience excessive bleeding (soaking through one pad per hour) or if you become concerned about bleeding. A surgical procedure may be needed.

• Severe infections may occur following use of this medicine. Contact your healthcare provider if you have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or weakness with or without belly pain or fever more than 1 day after treatment. Severe belly pain may also be a symptom of another problem. Your healthcare provider will need to check.

• Please read the medication guide.

• If you are going to an emergency room or another healthcare provider, take the medication guide with you.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to mifepristone or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Adrenal failure, bleeding problems, porphyrias, or pregnancy where fertilized egg was in an abnormal position.

• If you have an intrauterine device in place.

• If you are taking a blood thinner or are on a long-term steroid, such as prednisone.

• If you are unable to follow the directions your healthcare provider gives you or you are unable to get to an emergency room if you need one.

• If you are more than 7 weeks pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Mifepristone causes contractions.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine must be taken exactly as directed.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Signs or symptoms of bleeding.

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:00:26.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:22:43.0

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