Side Effects

The side effects of RU486

Medical abortion is considered one of the easiest and safest way to abort a pregnancy. However, despite the fact that it is relatively safe, it could also have side effects.

The side effects of taking RU486 generally varies based on each individual condition. Nevertheless, it could have side effects.

Overview of the Drug

RU486 is a synthetic steroid that can be prescribed for terminating intrauterine pregnancy within the first 49 days of pregnancy.

General Effects

Using this drug will generally cause cramping and bleeding. This is natural and represents the termination of the pregnancy.

However, there are other side effects of using this drug and these include;

  • Nausea
  • Pelvic pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pain
  • Weakness
  • Tired feeling,
  • Back pain
  • Allergic reactions, which include lips, face or tongue swelling, and throat closing, as the closing of the throat, swelling.
  • Difficulties in breathing

If you notice any of these allergies, you should contact a health care provider for emergency medical services immediately.

You should also reach out to your doctor immediately you notice:

  • A fever above 38 degrees C (100.4 degrees F) lasting for more than 4 hours
  • A feeling of illness or faster than regular heartbeats
  • Severe pelvic tenderness or pain
  • severe vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, or weakness
  • Absence of vaginal bleeding after taking the drug.

Naturally, you should experience heavy vaginal bleeding during the first two days, after which you will have light bleeding or just spots for as much as 16 days. Weakness, fever, and chills can also be expected. There are several side effects that you may experience as everything will depend on your body system.

However, if vomiting, nausea, weakness, dizziness, or diarrhoea should last beyond the first 24 hours after you have completed the dosage. You should get medical attention immediately because these could be symptoms of a more serious problem.

Also, cramping and bleeding are usually signs that the drug is effective. So you should not panic when you notice them at first.  But you should also note that you can experience bleeding and cramping without the drugs terminating the pregnancy. This is why it is important to visit your doctor and complete all the necessary visits and checks.

The cramping and nausea may worsen within 24 hours of taking Misoprostol which is the second drug. If this happens, the doctor may recommend other medications that could help you to manage these symptoms. However, if the symptoms should persist or even get worse, let your doctor know as soon as possible.