Side effects & warning signs

You can expect to have moderate to heavy vaginal bleeding and cramps that decrease after the pregnancy is expelled.

Side effects

Patients may experience the following side effects:

  • Moderate to heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills and low grade fever
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches

Warning signs

It is likely you will experience some side effects after taking the drug but you should be aware of any warning signs that require attention.

You should seek medical help immediately if you have any of these rare symptoms or complications:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • No bleeding
  • High fever
  • Excess cramping or abdominal pain
  • Excess vomiting or diarrhoea

Pain management

Most women will experience some stomach cramps and abdominal pain during a medical abortion because uterine contractions are needed to expel or push out the pregnancy.

Most of the time this pain can be managed at home. You can get painkillers from your local clinic or over the counter from your local pharmacy to help manage your pain. Some options they may suggest include:

  • Paracetamol 500mg tablets - take 1 or 2 tablets every four to six hours when required. Do not take more than 8 tablets in a 24-hour period
  • Ibuprofen 200mg tablets - take 1 or 2 tablets every six to eight hours with food when required

Applying a heat pack or hot water bottle to below the stomach may help to ease the pain. As much as possible, you should make sure you are in a relaxed environment with supportive people there to assist you.

If you experience severe or persistent pain, you should go to your medical clinic immediately.

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