Mifeprex

Mifeprex Lawsuit

Mifeprex (RU-486) is used primarily to terminate early pregnancy, but also to treat endometriosis, fibrosis, brain tumors, and to induce labor. Mifeprex is often referred to as the “abortion pill” and is very different to the “morning after pill”. Mifeprex can cause serious infections including sepsis, and has been linked to several deaths from septic shock. If you suffered adverse side effects after taking the abortion pill, you may have cause for a Mifeprex lawsuit.

What is Mifeprex?

Mifeprex is not a contraceptive. It is a medication used for non-surgical abortion. Contraceptives, including the “morning after pill” prevent pregnancy. Mifeprex is used to terminate an existing pregnancy.

Mifeprex is used in early pregnancy, defined as 49 days or less since your last period. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone. Progesterone is necessary for a successful pregnancy. Without it, the lining of the uterus softens and breaks down. Two to three days after taking Mifeprex, misoprostol must be taken to complete the process.

Mifeprex Dangers

Mifeprex adverse effects can include:

  • Severe infection
  • Septic shock
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Ruptured ectopic pregnancy
  • Heart attack
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Death

Mifeprex Sepsis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received at least eight reports of death from sepsis in women who took Mifeprex. Sepsis occurs when infection gets into the bloodstream. Seven of those deaths resulted from infection with a bacteria called Clostridium sordellii (C. sordellii).

The women who died of sepsis following Mifeprex use did not display the usual symptoms of sepsis.

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy, also known as tubal pregnancy, occurs when the embryo implants outside of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy is very dangerous for the mother and can be fatal.

Mifeprex is not effective in terminating ectopic pregnancy and as the embryo continues to grow, it can cause rupture.

Warning Signs of Life-Threatening Complications

Many of the signs of Mifeprex complications are simply prolonged or more extreme versions of the normal effects following Mifeprex and misoprostol use. It can be difficult to determine when you have entered the danger zone and need medical treatment. Worse, emergency room doctors and staff may not take your complaints seriously.

Women who take Mifeprex and must seek emergency medical care for side effects are advised to take their medication guides with them and show it to their doctors so that the doctors will understand what is going on and what the symptoms indicate.

Signs that you should seek immediate medical care after Mifeprex use include:

  • Fever of 100.4 °F or higher, lasting more than four hours
  • Heavy bleeding that soaks through two or more thick pads for more than two consecutive hours
  • Heavy bleeding for more than 12 consecutive hours
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or weakness for more than 24 hours after taking misoprostol, even if you do not have a fever
  • Vomiting for more than four to six hours
  • Passing blood clots that are larger than a lemon for two hours or more

If you have been injured by Mifeprex, or if you have lost a loved one to this deadly drug, please talk to a local injury attorney right away to see if you have a Mifeprex lawsuit.