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Unformatted text preview: RU-486RU-486 ABORTION PILLRU-486 Abortion PillMidlands Technical CollegeMedical TerminologyNovember 20, 20061RU-486RU-486 Abortion PillThe Abortion Pill named Mifepristone is the generic name for Mifeprex, also known as RU-486. It is an early form of abortion caused by the combination of two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol. The Abortion Pill is an early abortion option for women who are 8 weeks pregnant or less. During the first appointment the mifepristone pill is administered to take orally. Then 24 to 72 hours later the misoprostol medication is administered as directed (vaginally or buccally). The second pill is a prostaglandin which causes uterine contractions to help expel the embryo resulting in a miscarriage. They are both FDA approved and when used in combination, mifepristone and misoprostol are 95-97% effective within two weeks (FWHC).“Mifepristone (a synthetic steroid) is an anti-progestin that blocks the action of progesterone, a hormone necessary to maintain a pregnancy. By blocking the action of progesterone, mifepristone alters the uterine lining (the endometrium), induces menstrual...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course AHS AHS 127 taught by Professor Notsure during the Fall '06 term at Midlands Tech.
- Fall '06