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Potential risks

Medication abortion is very safe and most side effects can be managed from home. We'll be a message or phone call away on Spruce if you have any questions or concerns. As with any medical treatment, it is important to know the rare risks, so you know what to look out for and can get help if needed.

Risk

Warning signs

Heavy bleeding

  • Completely soaking through 2 maxi pads each hour, for 2 or more hours in a row (4 pads in 2 hours)

Infection

  • Fever (over 100.4F), weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol (the second medication)

Undetected ectopic pregnancy

  • Very little or no bleeding within 24 hours after taking the misoprostol (second medication)
  • Pain on one side of your abdomen
  • Severe belly pain that doesn’t get better with pain medicine or a heating pad

If you experience any of these signs, contact us right away. If you believe you are having a medical emergency and do not get a quick response on Spruce, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department immediately