How to Use Abortion Pills

The most commonly used abortion pills are Mifepristone and Misoprostol. They are usually used as follows:

  1. Mifepristone is taken at a dose of 200mg. The Mifepristone tablet is swallowed. Nausea is a common side effect.

  2. 24 hours after Mifepristone, a dose of 800mcg of Misoprostol is taken. Depending on the dose in each tablet, this usually means four Misoprostol 200mcg tablets are used at once. Misoprostol tablets are placed under the tongue for 30 minutes, where they dissolve.

  3. Cramps and bleeding should start quite soon after taking Misoprostol. Nausea and vomiting is also common.

  4. If three hours after taking Misoprostol there is not much bleeding, a second dose of 800mcg Misoprostol should be taken, which usually means placing another four Misoprostol tablets under the tongue for 30 minutes. For pregnancies of over 9 weeks, a second dose of Misoprostol should always be taken.

  5. It is normal for bleeding to be heavier than a normal period and with clots. However, if the bleeding is too severe, if the pain is too great, or if you develop a fever or a smelly vaginal discharge, you will need to seek medical help.

For more detailed information on how to use abortion pills, including what to do if you miss doses or if you have side effects or complications, please refer to the Question and Answer page by Women on Web by clicking here.

You can also watch this instructional video by Women on Web on how to use abortion pills (in English):

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