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Medications for Abortion

Other names: Complete Abortion

1. The premature expulsion from the uterus of the products of conception of the embryo or of a nonviable foetus. The four classic symptoms, usually present in each type of abortion, are uterine contractions, uterine haemorrhage, softening and dilatation of the cervix and presentation or expulsion of all or part of the products of conception.

The expulsion or removal of an embryo or foetus from the mother prematurely, this can be done as an artificial procedure, but it often happens naturally when the mother's body expels the foetus because it has died, has genetic or developmental defects, or because of infection or illness in the mother. Natural abortions are typically called miscarriages. Medically-induced abortions, which can be completed with surgery or with hormone drugs, are performed because the foetus is unwanted, deformed, not likely to live, or endangers the mother's life or health.

2. The premature stoppage of a natural or a pathological process.

Drugs used to treat Abortion

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
misoprostol 8.0 481 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: misoprostol systemic

Brand name:  Cytotec

Drug class: miscellaneous GI agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Cytotec 6.4 25 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: misoprostol systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous GI agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

mifepristone 6.0 3 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: mifepristone systemic

Brand name:  Mifeprex

Drug class: uterotonic agents, progesterone receptor modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

oxytocin 0.0 2 reviews
Rx X N

Generic name: oxytocin systemic

Brand name:  Pitocin

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Pitocin Rate Add review
Rx X N

Generic name: oxytocin systemic

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Mifeprex Rate Add review
Rx X N

Generic name: mifepristone systemic

Drug class: uterotonic agents, progesterone receptor modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Hemabate Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: carboprost systemic

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

carboprost Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: carboprost systemic

Brand name:  Hemabate

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Cervidil Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: dinoprostone topical

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

dinoprostone 0.0 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: dinoprostone topical

Brand names:  Cervidil, Prostin E2, Prepidil

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Prostin E2 Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: dinoprostone topical

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Prepidil Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: dinoprostone topical

Drug class: uterotonic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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