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Ulipristal Tablets

Generic Name: Ulipristal Tablets (Ella) (ue li PRIS tal)
Brand Name: Ella

Uses of Ulipristal Tablets:

  • It is used to prevent pregnancy.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ulipristal Tablets?

  • If you have an allergy to ulipristal or any other part of this medicine (ulipristal tablets).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking any drugs that may make this medicine not work as well. This includes bosentan, carbamazepine, felbamate, griseofulvin, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifampin, St. John's wort, and topiramate. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this medicine (ulipristal tablets) if you are pregnant.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not take this medicine if you are breast-feeding.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (ulipristal tablets).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ulipristal Tablets?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (ulipristal tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy.
  • This medicine will not end a pregnancy.
  • This medicine is not for regular use to prevent pregnancy.
  • Do not take this medicine more than one time in the same period (menstrual) cycle.
  • This medicine does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
  • If your period is delayed for more than 7 days, talk with your doctor.
  • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. If you will be using hormone-based birth control, wait at least 5 days after taking this medicine (ulipristal tablets) before starting it. Use a barrier form of birth control like a condom with spermicide during this time and until your next menstrual period.

How is this medicine (Ulipristal Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food.
  • Take this medicine (ulipristal tablets) within 5 days after unprotected sex.
  • If you throw up within 3 hours of taking this medicine, call your doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Only 1 dose of this medicine (ulipristal tablets) is needed. If you miss your dose, take it as soon as you think about it.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad belly pain.

What are some other side effects of Ulipristal Tablets?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Belly pain.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Period (menstrual) pain.
  • Period (menstrual) changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Ulipristal Tablets?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine (ulipristal tablets) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine (ulipristal tablets). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: September 6, 2017

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