Ella Medication Information

ella® (ulipristal acetate) is available only by prescription and is used as an emergency contraceptive to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. This "morning after pill" is not meant to be used on a regular basis, as there are more effective forms of contraception. ella comes in tablet form and should be taken within five days after unprotected sex or birth control failure.
This drug is not appropriate for everyone; your healthcare provider needs complete information on your medical history and what medications you are taking before prescribing ella. You should not take this pill if you think you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant.
Although many people do not have any problems with medicine, side effects can occur and may include headaches, nausea, and dizziness. If negative reactions do occur, they tend to be minor and easily treated.
(Click Ella for more information on this medication. This article covers how this emergency contraceptive works, lists additional side effects, and offers more detailed dosing guidelines.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD