Korlym (mifepristone): Abortion in Early Pregnancy

Korlym is also known as mifepristone and used for abortion during early stage of pregnancy. It works by blocking the actions of hormone which is known as cortisol. In adults, Korlym is used for treatment of hyperglycemia or high blood sugar with Cushing’s syndrome. The diabetes i.e. type 2 diabetes that is not related to Cushing’s syndrome, for that, korlym should not be used.

Applications of Korlym:

  • Terminate pregnancy during early stage
  • Can be used upto 10 week of pregnancy
  • The natural substance required for continuing pregnancy is blocked by this medicine
  • Used in combination of another medicine named as Misoprostol


Don’t use these Abortion Pills in the following cases:

  • In case of abnormal pregnancy means pregnancy outside the womb
  • In abnormal pregnancy this pills will not cause abortion rather it lead to serious bleeding
  • in case of vaginal bleeding that can’t be explained
  • Endometrial hyperplasia/uterine cancer
  • It is used in early stage of pregnancy so don’t use it after pregnancy
  • If you are going through some other medications or illness
  • Breast feeding not allowed while using this medicine as it will get mix in breast milk

Steps to be care about while using Korlym

While taking Korlym you should not use other drugs like:

  • Fentanyl (Abstral, Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic, Lazanda, Onsolis, Sublimaze, Subsys)
  • Simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin, Juvisync)
  • Ergotamine (Ergomar, Migergot) or dihydroergotamine (Migranal) and others

You need to consult your doctor and as per his/her recommendation you have to follow the procedure of using korlym. In order to have safe treatment you need to tell everything to your doctor like about if you have any of the following complaint:

  • Disease of heart
  • Disease related to kidney
  • Disease related to liver
  • Your blood contains low level of potassium
  • Thyroid problems
  • An autoimmune disorder like psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

Korlym side effects:

Take immediate action in case of following situation:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Hives or skin rashes
  • Swelling face and face parts like lips, throat or tongue

Stop using Korlym or consult your doctor in following condition:

  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Low blood sugar
  • High heart beat rate
  • Headache
  • Low level f potassium in blood: that causes weakness of muscles , increase the urination, discomfort of legs and many more