When and How to Take It

Some general considerations include the following:
  • ella requires a prescription from a healthcare provider.
  • It comes in a package with only one tablet that is taken as a single dose.
  • The sooner it is taken, the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy. It should be taken within five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or a birth control failure.
  • ella can be taken with or without food.
  • If you vomit within three hours of taking ella, contact your healthcare provider right away to see if you need to take another dose.
  • ella can be taken at any point in the menstrual cycle.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

There is only one dose of ella. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Ella Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Ella

Just like any medicine, ella can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most women tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of ella include but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness.
(Click Ella Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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