What is this medication?
Ulipristal, Fibristal (CDN)/Ella (US/CDN)
Contraceptive; Progestin Receptor Modulator
Indicated for use as emergency contraception.
How does this medication work?
Ulipristal, Fibristal/Ella 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: 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.
You Need to Avoid: 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 Ulipristal, Fibristal/Ella make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Ulipristal, Fibristal/Ella use has been associated with adverse events such as menstrual bleeding irregularities.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
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, only the most common.
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