Ulipristal Acetate

Description

Ulipristal Acetate is used for the treatment of moderate to severe symptoms of uterine fibroids in women aged 18 years and above. It is also used for preventing pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or failure of the usual method of contraception.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ulipristal Acetate

  • Bleeding
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps and pain
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Blemishes on the skin
  • Fatigue

Uses of Ulipristal Acetate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Emergency contraception
  • Uterine fibroids
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time taken by this medicine to show its effect is subject to vary based on the individual.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the individual.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy in the near future. This medicine should be taken only after chances of being pregnant are ruled out.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine can be used by women who are breastfeeding if the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved with use. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to ulipristal acetate or any other component present along with it.

Breast cancer

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with breast cancer due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy in the near future. This medicine should be taken only after chances of being pregnant are ruled out.

Breast-feeding

This medicine can be used by women who are breastfeeding if the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved with use. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Driving or operating machinery

This medicine should be used with caution due to the increased risk of symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, etc. Avoid performing any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Existing pregnancy

This medicine should not be used if you are already pregnant or planning a pregnancy in the near future. A pre-existing pregnancy should be ruled out before taking this medicine.

Sexually transmitted disease

This medicine will not provide any protection against diseases that transmit via sexual contact.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for emergency contraception in patients who have not achieved menarche (the first occurrence of menstruation). It is not recommended for the treatment of uterine fibroids in patients less than 18 years of age.

Missed Dose

Emergency contraception: This medicine is generally used on a needed basis. Uterine fibroids: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Edoxaban

Phenytoin

Carbamazepine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Emergency contraception: Take this medicine with or without food, as directed by the doctor. This medicine should be taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex or suspected contraception failure. In case if you vomit within 3 hours after taking this medicine, contact your doctor immediately for further instructions. Uterine fibroids: Take this medicine with or without food, as directed by the doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine reduces the size of fibroids by inhibiting the cell multiplication. It also prevents or delays the release of an egg from an ovary and prevents pregnancy.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Classification

Category

Progesterone receptor modulators, Contraceptives

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 6 October 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/6657/smpc

DailyMed - Ella- ulipristal acetate tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 6 October 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=052bfe45-c485-49e5-8fc4-51990b2efba4

Ulipristal: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2019 [cited 22 May 2019]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a610020.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 22 May 2019

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