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Ella Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ulipristal (Ella)?

You should not use ulipristal if you are allergic to it, or if you have already confirmed that you are pregnant.

Do not use ulipristal if you have not yet started having menstrual periods, or if you are past menopause.

To make sure you can safely take ulipristal, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • a history of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy; or
  • if your last menstrual period was more than 4 weeks ago.

FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use emergency contraception if you are already pregnant or think you might be pregnant.


It is not known whether ulipristal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using ulipristal.

How should I take ulipristal (Ella)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Ulipristal is usually given as soon as possible after unprotected sex or failed birth control method. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully. Ulipristal can be taken any time during your menstrual cycle, but you must use the medicine within 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.

You may take ulipristal with or without food.

If you vomit within 3 hours after taking ulipristal, your medication may not be as effective. Call your doctor to discuss the need for taking another ulipristal tablet.

Call your doctor if your next menstrual period is more than 1 week late. You will need a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. Do not take a second course of ulipristal.

Start or continue a barrier form of birth control (such as a condom or diaphragm with spermicide) as soon as possible after using ulipristal.

Ulipristal can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy for a short time after you take ulipristal.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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