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Ulipristal Acetate Oral tablet

It prevents pregnancy if taken within 5 days (120 hours) after your birth control fails or you have ... more

Generic Name: Ella

What is this medicine?

ULIPRISTAL is an emergency contraceptive. It prevents pregnancy if taken within 5 days (120 hours) after your birth control fails or you have unprotected sex. This medicine will not work if you are already pregnant.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-an unusual or allergic reaction to ulipristal, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with or without food. Your doctor may want you to use a quick-response pregnancy test prior to using the tablets. Take your medicine as soon as possible and not more than 5 days (120 hours) after the event. This medicine can be taken at any time during your menstrual cycle. Follow the dose instructions of your health care provider exactly.

Contact your health care provider right away if you vomit within 3 hours of taking your medicine to discuss if you need to take another tablet.

A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

-birth control pills
-bosentan
-certain medicines for fungal infections like griseofulvin, itraconazole, and ketoconazole
-certain medicines for seizures like barbiturates, carbamazepine, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, topiramate
-rifampin
-St. John's Wort

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Emergency birth control is not to be used routinely to prevent pregnancy. It should not be used more than once in the same cycle. Discuss birth control options with your health care provider

Your period may begin a few days earlier or later than expected. If your period is more than 7 days late, pregnancy is possible. See your health care provider as soon as you can and get a pregnancy test.

If you have severe abdominal pain about 3 to 5 weeks after taking this medicine, you may have a pregnancy outside the womb, which is called an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. Call your health care provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away if you think this is happening.

This medicine does not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-dizziness
-headache
-nausea
-spotting
-stomach pain
-tiredness


Last Updated: January 24, 2011
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