FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate)
FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate)
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FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate)

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What is this medication?

FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate)
Contraceptive; Progestin Receptor Modulator

FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate) is indicated to use as emergency contraception.

How does this medication work? 

FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate) blocks progestin from binding to the progesterone receptor. It also postpones follicular rupture when administered prior to ovulation, thereby inhibiting, or delaying ovulation. May also alter the normal endometrium, impairing implantation.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: Take 30 mg as soon as possible, but within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure.

How to Take: Administer with or without food at any time during menstrual cycle. If vomiting occurs within 3 hours of administration, consider repeating dose.

Note: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance so avoid starting any new medications without consulting prescriber. 

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Ulipristal use has been associated with adverse events such as menstrual bleeding irregularities.

What if I miss a dose?

If it is past 120 hours (5 days) since unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure, contact your provider for options and/or instructions. 

If you vomit within 3 hours of taking this medication, contact your doctor to ask if you need to repeat the dose.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Emergency contraception (Ella): 
Headache, suppressed menstruation, abdominal pain, nausea, dysmenorrhea.

Uterine fibroids (Fibristal -Canadian product): 
Headache, hot flash.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for FIBRISTAL/ELLA (Ulipristal Acetate), only common ones.