Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

For patients using Mifeprex® tablets:

  • This medicine is given only by your doctor. You will not be allowed to take it at home. The entire treatment requires three visits to your doctor.
  • At the first visit, you will be given three mifepristone tablets. Two days later at the second visit, you will be given two tablets of another medicine called misoprostol. Two weeks later at the third visit, your doctor will check to make sure you are no longer pregnant. This may include an ultrasound exam (sonogram).
  • This medicine will cause you to bleed and have cramps for about 2 to 4 weeks. Call your doctor if you have little or no vaginal bleeding after receiving the medicine.
  • It is sometimes necessary to have a surgical abortion to completely end the pregnancy. You may also need to have surgery if there is any tissue left in your uterus after treatment with mifepristone.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using an intrauterine device (IUD). It must be removed first before using this medicine.

For patients using Korlym™ tablets:

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it. Take this medicine with a meal.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For termination of pregnancy (49 days or less):
      • Adults—600 milligrams (mg) (three-200 mg tablets) as a single dose, followed 2 days later by 400 micrograms (mcg) (two-200 mcg tablets) of misoprostol as a single dose if needed.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
    • For treatment of hyperglycemia in patients with Cushing's syndrome:
      • Adults—At first, 300 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1200 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.