Medical abortion causes moderate to very strong cramps throughout and after the procedure. Cramping is usually strong for about 4-8 hours after Misoprostol. Milder cramps may continue for several days and up to two weeks. Ibuprofen and other painkillers help reduce the pain.
Nausea and vomiting are common in pregnant people, but they may become worse with the use of Misoprostol. Low grade fever below 38ºC, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache and flu-like symptoms are all common side effects of Misoprostol. They usually occur within the hour following administration and should resolve completely within 6 hours of using Misoprostol.
If during or after an abortion you have intense abdominal pain that does not go after a while, or have a fever lasting more than 24 hours after using Misoprostol, you should see a doctor.
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