Ella Side Effects

Generic Name: ulipristal

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of ulipristal. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name ella.

Not all side effects for ella may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to ulipristal: oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by ulipristal (the active ingredient contained in ella). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking ulipristal:

More common
  • Cramps
  • heavy bleeding
  • pain

Some of the side effects that can occur with ulipristal may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • headache
  • nausea
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Less common
  • Dizziness
Incidence not known
  • Blemishes on the skin
  • pimples

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ulipristal: oral tablet


Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and abdominal and upper abdominal pain.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache and dizziness.


General side effects have included fatigue.


Genitourinary side effects have included dysmenorrhea.


Dermatologic side effects have included acne.

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