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Ella (Ulipristal Acetate)

General Information

Ella (Ulipristal Acetate) is indicated for use in women to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure like a broken condom. It may also be because of unprotected sex. This medication is an emergency contraceptive. This should not be used as a regular form of birth control.

By using this drug, it will not stop an existing pregnancy. This will also not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (HIV, Chlamydia, or gonorrhea).


How does Ella (Ulipristal Acetate) work?

Ella (Ulipristal Acetate) works by stopping or delaying the release of an egg from an ovary. This drug may also make it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. This will also make vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg.

This medication may not work well in women who are overweight or if you are using other medications. This effect may result in pregnancy. Consult your doctor first.

Why use Ella (Ulipristal Acetate)?

Ella (Ulipristal Acetate) is a progesterone agonist or antagonist emergency contraceptive. This contains Ulipristal Acetate as an active ingredient. It is a white to yellow crystalline powder. This is available as tablets for oral use with 30mg of a single active steroid ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.


How to use Ella (Ulipristal Acetate)?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment.

Ella (Ulipristal Acetate) is usually taken 1 tablet as soon as possible after unprotected sex. You may take it with or without food. It works best when it is taken within 120 hours or 5 days after unprotected sex. If you vomit within 3 hours, call your doctor and ask if you need to repeat the dose.

After taking this medication, the time when your period comes and how much you bleed will change. Inform your doctor if your period is more than 7 days late. You may need to take a pregnancy test.

Follow the prescription of your doctor very carefully.

What are the side effects of Ella (Ulipristal Acetate)?

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Tired feeling
  • Dizziness
  • Menstrual pain


Warnings and Precautions  

  • You should not share this drug with others. They need to consult a doctor first.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.
  • Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women before taking this drug.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place to avoid contaminations.