Ulipristal (By mouth)

Introduction

Ulipristal Acetate (ue-li-PRIS-tal AS-e-tate)

Prevents pregnancy. This medicine is an emergency contraceptive pill.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ulipristal acetate, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How to Use This Medicine

Tablet

  • Take one tablet as soon as possible within 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or after failure of another birth control method.
  • This medicine is for occasional use as an emergency birth control. It should not replace your regular birth control method. This medicine may be taken at any time during your monthly period, but do not use this medicine more than one time in the same monthly period.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • If you vomit within 3 hours of taking this medicine, call your doctor right away. Your doctor may prescribe another tablet for you.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a class of drugs called barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), bosentan (Tracleer®), carbamazepine (Tegretol®), felbamate (Felbatol®), griseofulvin (Grisactin®), itraconazole (Sporanox®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®), rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®), topiramate (Topamax®), or St. John's wort.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Although you are using this medicine to prevent pregnancy, you should know that using this medicine while you are pregnant could harm the unborn baby. Your doctor may give you a pregnancy test before you start using this medicine to make sure you are not pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Call your doctor right away if you have severe lower abdominal or stomach pain 3 to 5 weeks after taking this medicine. You may have a pregnancy outside of the uterus (womb), which is called an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy can be a serious and life-threatening condition. It can also cause problems that may make it harder for you to become pregnant in the future.
  • This medicine may make your next monthly period earlier or later than expected by a few days. If your next period after taking this medicine is more than 1 week late, check with your doctor right away for a pregnancy test.
  • Your regular birth control method such as birth control pills or patch may not work as well while you are using this medicine. After using this medicine, you must use two forms of birth control. Use birth control pills or patch together with another form of birth control, such as a condom, diaphragm, or contraceptive foam or jelly, during any other times that you have sex in the same monthly period you used this medicine.
  • This medicine may not work as well in women with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 66 pounds per square meter.
  • This medicine will not protect you from getting HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases. If this is a concern for you, talk with your doctor.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Heavy bleeding, cramps, or pain.
  • Severe abdominal or stomach pain.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne.
  • Headache, dizziness.
  • Nausea, stomach pain.
  • Tiredness or weakness.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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