Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th largest by area and the 24th-most populous of the U.S. states. With a total of 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of inland waterways, Alabama has among the most of any state.

Abortion Pills in Alabama are legal for home abortion.

Abortion in Alabama is legal. Several legal challenges are blocking the recent abortion ban legislation. Abortion is a divisive issue in the state, with 37% of adults believing it should be legal in all or most cases and 58% believing it should be illegal in all or most cases.

This Page Outlines the Medical Abortion Process

Representing one of the most significant advances in women’s reproductive health and choice in decades, on September 28, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug mifepristone (organically known as RU 486 and pronounced miff-a-PRIS-tone) for the termination of very early pregnancy. Mifepristone is distributed under the brand name Mifeprex. Using Mifeprex to terminate early pregnancy without primary surgical intervention is referred to as a medical abortion.

Mifeprex gives women a new choice for abortion-a safe, private method of terminating a very early pregnancy that is non-invasive (no surgery) and does not require anesthesia. Mifeprex can only be used during the first 10 weeks or 70 days after a woman’s last menstrual period. This means that it can only be used during the first three to five weeks after a woman first misses a menstrual period, which is typically when she discovers that she is pregnant.

Instructions for taking the CYTOTEC (MISOPROSTOL) Tablets

Have something to eat prior to taking the Misoprostol. If you wish, you may use pain reliever approximately 30 minutes before letting the tablets disolve. You should have your pain RX filled prior to taking Misoprostol.

1.    Take the 4 tablets from the bottle labeled Cyctotec or Mifepristone and insert 2 tablets on the inside of your mouth between your cheek and gum. The tablet may not dissolve completely. Swallow any remaining tablets after 30 minutes.

2.    Expect cramping and bleeding for the next 1-10 hours.

3.    Get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position‚ĶMisoprostol can cause dizziness.

4.    Eat lightly and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

5.    Continue to use pain reliever as directed for cramping.

6.    Monitor your bleeding.

7.    Contact the clinic for excessive bleeding, pain, concerns, or questions.

Summary of Medication Intake

Day 1    Mifepristone Pills (RU-486): This is the start of the abortion process.

Day 2    Misoprostol (Cytotec)

Day 9 or Day 10   if a miscarriage has NOT occurred, you may need more Misoprostol pills or have a surgical abortion.

Managing Possible Side Effects of Misoprostol

Drink plenty of fluids and eat lightly the day before and the day you take the Misoprostol pills. Misoprostol may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, so you need to drink lots of fluids. Spicy or fried foods worsen the distress.

If the vomiting and diarrhea are more than you can tolerate, call West Alabama Women’s Center at 800-616-2383 and if it is after 5 p.m. you will be directed to our answering service who will contact the medical personnel on call.

If Cramping Should Occur:

The cramps may be quite strong. Cramps are worse when your stomach is empty. Be sure to eat lightly and drink fluids.

Take the pain pills we prescribed a half hour before you insert the misoprostol pills.

Take as directed for pain relief.

You may use a heating pad or hot water bottle if bleeding is not heavy.

You do not need to call to tell us you are having pain, because it is a normal part of the process.

You may also take 600-800 mg of Ibuprofen every 4 hours in addition to the pain pills.

Do not take aspirin, as it can increase your bleeding. Cramping becomes milder after the passage of pregnancy tissue, in most cases.