Ella (Ulipristal Acetate) is a prescription emergency contraceptive that is used to prevent pregnancy after birth control fails due to a broken condom or unprotected sex. Ulipristal Acetate belongs to the class of drugs called progesterone receptor modulators. This medication works by preventing the release of an egg during a menstrual cycle. It thickens the vaginal fluid to help prevent the sperm from fertilizing an egg and changes the lining of the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg.
We currently have the brand Ella tablet from Canada manufactured by Allergan and from United Kingdom by HRA Pharma. There is no generic available for this medication. Ella is available in the strength of a 30 mg tablet.
The most common side effects of Ella includes abdominal or stomach pain, dizziness, headache, menstrual pain, nausea and tired feeling.
Inform your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as server lower stomach pain.
Ella should not be used as a regular form of birth control. It is emergency contraceptive only. This medication will not stop an existing pregnancy or protect you against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Ella may not work well in women who are overweight. You should take Ella if you are allergic to Ulipristal or if you have any other allergies. This medication passes into breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are using this medication.