This medicine contains the active ingredient ulipristal acetate which stops or delays ovulation. The ovary becomes unable to release the egg, or the fertilized egg becomes unable to attach to the uterus. This medicine is not a regular contraception, and it should be used only as an emergency contraception in case when unprotected intercourse had happened.
Is EllaOne suitable for me?
EllaOne is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to ulipristal acetate or to other ingredients of this medicine
In particular, you must tell the doctor if:
- your period is late or you have symptoms of pregnancy (heavy breasts, morning sickness)
- you suffer from severe asthma
- you suffer from severe liver disease
EllaOne interacts with other medicines. It is important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take EllaOne?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take EllaOne exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take one tablet by mouth as soon as possible and no later than 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure. This medicine can be taken at any time in your cycle, at any time of the day before, during or after a meal.
What are EllaOne side effects?
Like all medicines EllaOne can cause side effects, including:
Common side effects
- nausea, abdominal (stomach) pain or discomfort, vomiting
- painful periods, pelvic pain, breast tenderness
- headache, dizziness, mood swings
- muscle pain, back pain, tiredness
Uncommon side effects (these may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
- diarrhea, heartburn, wind, dry mouth
- unusual or irregular vaginal bleeding, heavy/prolonged periods premenstrual syndrome, vaginal irritation or discharge, lesser or greater sex drive
- hot flushes
- appetite changes, emotional disorders, anxiety, agitation, trouble sleeping, sleepiness, migraine visual disturbances
- acne, skin lesions, itching
- fever, chills, malaise
Rare side effects (these may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
- genital pain or itching, pain during sex, rupture of an ovarian cyst, unusually light period
- loss of concentration, vertigo, shaking, disorientation, fainting
- unusual sensation in eye, red eye, sensitivity to light
- dry throat, disturbance in taste
- hives (itchy rash), feeling thirsty
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.