EllaOne (Morning After Pill)


EllaOne is a medication used for emergency contraception. It should be taken within 5 days (120 hours) of having unprotected sex. EllaOne contains the active ingredient Ulipristal. This is not for acute use and should only be bought to prevent future occasions.

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What is EllaOne?

EllaOne is an emergency contraceptive method that can be used up to five days after unprotected sex. EllaOne contains the active ingredient: Ulipristal 30mg. EllaOne is also known as the morning after pill.  

How do you take EllaOne?

Always use this medicine exactly as described in the leaflet or as your doctor/pharmacist has told you. If you are unsure, check with your doctor or pharmacist. 

The EllaOne 30mg tablet should be taken by mouth, no later than 5 days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. 

You should take the EllaOne tablet as soon as possible. 

If you have already taken EllaOne once in your menstrual cycle than you are not protected from pregnancy if you have unprotected sex again. 

If you vomit within 3 hours of taking the morning after pill you may need to take it again. 

Side effects of EllaOne?

As with any form of medication, EllaOne tablets have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of EllaOne.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking EllaOne tablets: 

  • Nausea 
  • Painful period 
  • Headache 
  • Pelvic pain 
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Tiredness 
  • Mood swings 

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of EllaOne. 

Interactions of EllaOne with alcohol and food?

There is no known interaction between alcohol and the morning after pill. 

Any interactions of EllaOne with other drugs?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medication. The effectiveness of EllaOne may be reduced by the following medications:

  • Medications used to treat epilepsy 
  • Medicines used to treat tuberculosis 
  • Treatments for HIV 
  • Griseofluvin 
  • St John’s Wort 

Is there any reason why I would not be able to take EllaOne?

You can NOT take EllaOne if: 

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients 
  • If you weigh over 175 pounds then the morning after pill may not be an effective emergency contraception. You should double the dose, so take two pills or get the IUD fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. 

If you are unsure of any of the above criteria, please contact your doctor before commencing treatment with EllaOne. 

Why should I take EllaOne?

EllaOne can be extremely effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies after unprotected intercourse if taken as soon as possible and no more Thant 120 hours after unprotected intercourse. 

What If I take EllaOne too late?

If you miss the window of 120 hours (5 days) in which to take EllaOne then it will not be effective. You must see your GP or sexual health clinic. 

Whats the difference between Levonorgestrel and EllaOne?

Levonorgestrel is effective up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse whereas EllaOne is effective for up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex. Talk to your GP or use our online Ask-a-Pharmacist service to see what would be best for you. 

Can I buy EllaOne in advance?

We do not sell any morning after pill for acute use. This means that you can only buy EllaOne online for advance use. It is always good to be prepared but keep in mind that Levonorgestrel does not prevent the spread of STIs so make sure to take a test after unprotected intercourse to ensure that you are safe and healthy. If the test does come back as positive, we do sell treatments for a wide variety of STIs which are dealt with discreetly. 

Still have a question about EllaOne?

No problem! Read our newest expert e-Surgery article debunking the most common myths surrounding the morning after pills. 

You can also use our Ask-A-Pharmacist service if you gave any unanswered questions! 

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