Ella Side Effects
Generic name: ulipristal
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 16, 2022.
Note: This document contains side effect information about ulipristal. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name ella.
Common side effects of ella include: menstruation. Other side effects include: intermenstrual bleeding. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to ulipristal: oral tablet
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, ulipristal (the active ingredient contained in ella) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ulipristal:
- heavy bleeding
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of ulipristal may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Incidence not known
- Blemishes on the skin
- hives, welts, or itching
- large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- redness of the skin
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ulipristal: oral tablet
-Endometrial thickening (more than 16 mm) reverses when treatment is stopped and menstrual periods resume. This condition should not be mistaken for endometrial hyperplasia as these changes are reversible after treatment cessation.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Amenorrhea (up to 80.8%), endometrial thickening (up to 15%), dysmenorrhea (up to 13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pelvic pain, uterine hemorrhage, ovarian cyst
Very common (10% or more): Hot flush (up to 24%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hot flush, pyrexia, breast swelling/discomfort
Rare (less than 0.1%): Thirst[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Abdominal pain (up to 15%), nausea (up to 13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal discomfort, vomiting
Common (1% to 10%): Blood cholesterol increased
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Appetite disorders, blood triglycerides increased, weight increased[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Myalgia, back pain, musculoskeletal pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Asthenia[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 19%)
Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, dizziness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Somnolence, migraine, chills, malaise
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Visual disturbance
Rare (less than 0.1%): Abnormal sensation in eye, ocular hyperemia, photophobia[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Mood disorders
Rare (less than 0.1%): Disorientation[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Epistaxis
Rare (less than 0.1%): Dry throat[Ref]
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Related treatment guides
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
2. "Product Information. ella (ulipristal)." Afaxys Inc., Charleston, SC.
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.