Ella (Ulipristal Acetate)
Ella (Ulipristal Acetate) Dosage and Side Effects
This medication is used to treat the signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids in women who are eligible for surgery.
Proper Use of this medication
You should start taking ELLA during the first 7 days of your menstrual period.
A single treatment course is three months of continuous use.
You should wait two menstrual cycles before starting the next treatment cycle of ELLA.
The tablet should be swallowed with water and may be taken with or without food.
Always take ELLA exactly as your healthcare professional has told you. Never take more than prescribed.
Usual adult dose:
The usual dose of ELLA is one 5 mg tablet per day, taken by mouth.
Treatment should be started when menstruation has occurred:
- The first treatment course should be started within the first 7 days of menstruation.
- Subsequent treatment courses should start, at earliest, during the first week of the second menstruation following completion of the previous treatment course.
Warning: If you think you have taken too much ELLA, contact your healthcare professional, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for your next tablet, skip the missed tablet and take only a single tablet as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
These are not all the possible side effects you may feel when taking ELLA. If you experience any side effects not listed here, contact your healthcare professional.
Side effects may include:
- breast pain, tenderness and/or discomfort
- vaginal discharge
- pelvic pain
- feeling like you are spinning and/or loss of balance (vertigo)
- hair loss
Warnings and Precautions
When you use ELLA, you will find that this usually leads to a big drop, or even a stop, in the bleeding of your periods within the first few days. If you keep bleeding a lot or have any unexpected or unusual bleeding, tell your healthcare professional.
The lining of the uterus may thicken or change as a result of taking ELLA. These changes return to normal after treatment stops and your periods restart. If you take ELLA for more than one treatment cycle your healthcare professional may recommend a yearly ultrasound of your uterus, once your period returns, to monitor these changes.
ELLA should not be taken by children under 18 years of age.
Interactions with this medication
The following may interact with ELLA:
- Phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, fosphenytoin, primidone (drugs to treat epilepsy)
- Ritonavir, efavirenz, nevirapine (drug to treat HIV infections)
- Rifampicin, telithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, rifabutin (antibiotics)
- Ketoconazole (except shampoo), itraconazole (drugs to treat fungal infections)
- St John’s wort (a herbal treatment for depression)
- Nefazodone (drug to treat depression)
- Hormonal methods of birth control (such as “the pill”)
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.