Mifepristone RU486 for medical abortion in the first trimester

A. The FDA has approved mifepristone for termination of early pregnancy as follows: Eligible women are those whose last menstrual period began within the last 49 days. The patient takes 600 mg of mifepristone (three 200 mg tablets) by mouth on day 1, then 400 :g misoprostol orally two days later.

B. A follow-up visit is scheduled on day 14 to confirm that the pregnancy has been terminated with measurement of b-hCG or ultrasonography.

IV. Second-trimester abortion. Most abortions are performed before 13 menstrual weeks. Later abortions are generally performed because of fetal defects, maternal illness, or maternal age.

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