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More Facts About Mifeprex*

Is Mifeprex used to prevent pregnancy?

No. Mifeprex is used to end an early pregnancy. It is not indicated for use to prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraception drugs are indicated to prevent pregnancy.

At what point during pregnancy is Mifeprex approved for use?

Mifeprex is FDA-approved for ending early pregnancy. Early pregnancy means it is 49 days (7 weeks) or less since your last menstrual period began.

Is Mifeprex 100% effective for ending early pregnancy?

No.  In clinical trials, studies showed that Mifeprex is 92-95% effective for safely ending early pregnancy (5-8% of women will need a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy or stop heavy bleeding).

Do pharmacies carry Mifeprex?

No. Mifeprex is available to women in the United States at clinics, medical offices and hospitals. To locate a provider in your area, click here.

How many women have chosen Mifeprex (mifepristone)?

In the years since FDA approval of Mifeprex, more than 2 Million women in the United States have chosen Mifeprex for ending early pregnancy. It has been used by about 2 million European women for ending their pregnancies.

Where did the name RU-486 come from?

RU-486 was an identifier that was used in Europe by the company developing mifepristone. In the United States, Mifeprex is the brand name and mifepristone is the generic name.

Is Mifeprex covered by insurance or Medicaid?

In general, if surgical abortions are covered, medication abortions with Mifeprex are also covered. For updated, detailed information on reimbursement, including payer policies for your state, click here

Is Danco Laboratories, LLC based in the Cayman Islands?

No. Danco Laboratories, LLC is not based in the Cayman Islands. Danco Laboratories, LLC is incorporated, based and operates its business in the United States.

Does Mifeprex cause bleeding?

Cramping and bleeding are an expected part of ending a pregnancy. Women who use Mifeprex can expect bleeding or spotting for an average of 9-16 days (5-8% of women will need a surgical procedure to end the pregnancy or stop heavy bleeding). Bleeding may be similar to, or greater than, a normal heavy period. Contact your provider right away if you are concerned about heavy bleeding.

When should I sign the Patient Agreement?

Sign the Patient Agreement  after you have read the Medication Guide, discussed the benefits and risks of using Mifeprex with your healthcare provider and have decided to end your pregnancy with Mifeprex.

Are there age restrictions for use of Mifeprex?

There are no age restrictions in the FDA approved prescribing information for women who wish to use Mifeprex. Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.  Further, many states have parental consent laws for minors, which apply to all abortions, including Mifeprex. For resources on abortion state laws, you may wish to visit State Law Resources.

When can I become pregnant after I take Mifeprex?

You can become pregnant again soon after your pregnancy ends. If you do not want to become pregnant again, start using birth control as soon as your pregnancy ends or before you start having sexual intercourse again.

Why did my health care provider give me the Mifeprex Medication Guide?

The Medication Guide for Mifeprex helps you to understand the medication and gives you the most important information you should know about Mifeprex. Read the Medication Guide carefully before taking Mifeprex and discuss any questions you might have with your healthcare provider. Take your Medication Guide with you if you go to an emergency room or provider other than the one who prescribed your Mifeprex, so they know you are undergoing a medical abortion with Mifeprex.

Should Mifeprex be used in women whose pregnancy is an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy which develops outside the uterus)?

No.  Mifeprex should not be used in cases of confirmed or suspected ectopic pregnancy, as it is not effective for terminating those pregnancies.


Although cramping and bleeding are an expected part of ending a pregnancy, rarely, serious and potentially life-threatening bleeding, infections, or other problems can occur following a miscarriage, surgical abortion, medical abortion, or childbirth. Prompt medical attention is needed in these circumstances. Serious infection has resulted in death in a very small number of cases; in most of these cases misoprostol was used in the vagina. There is no information that use of Mifeprex and misoprostol caused these deaths. If you have any questions, concerns, or problems, or if you are worried about any side effects or symptoms, you should contact your provider.

Be sure to contact your provider promptly if you have any of the following:

Heavy Bleeding. Contact your provider right away if you bleed enough to soak through two thick full-size sanitary pads per hour for two consecutive hours or if you are concerned about heavy bleeding. In about 1 out of 100 women, bleeding can be so heavy that it requires a surgical procedure (surgical abortion/D&C) to stop it.

Abdominal Pain or “Feeling Sick”. If you have abdominal pain or discomfort, or you are “feeling sick”, including weakness, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, with or without fever, more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol, you should contact your provider without delay. These symptoms may be a sign of a serious infection or another problem (including an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy outside the womb).

Fever. In the days after treatment, if you have a fever of 100.4°F or higher that lasts for more than 4 hours, you should contact your provider right away. Fever may be a symptom of a serious infection or another problem (including an ectopic pregnancy).

Take your MEDICATION GUIDE with you. When you visit an emergency room or a provider who did not give you your Mifeprex, you should give them your MEDICATION GUIDE so that they understand that you are having a medical abortion with Mifeprex.

Mifeprex* is a registered trademark
of Danco Laboratories, LLC
1-877-4 Early Option
FDA approved since 2000.
A safe and effective non-surgical option for ending early pregnancy.