EllaOne now available from pharmacies without a prescription

The emergency contraceptive EllaOne (ulipristal acetate) is now licensed as a P medicine and can be sold to women up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

EllaOne contains ulipristal, a selective progesterone receptor modulator.
EllaOne contains ulipristal, a selective progesterone receptor modulator.

As of 1st April 2015, EllaOne became available to buy from pharmacies under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Studies show that EllaOne is just as effective as Levonelle (levonorgestrel), but it can be taken up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex or contraception failure, although it is more effective the sooner it is taken. If vomiting occurs within 3 hours then another tablet should be taken.

The possibility of pregnancy must be excluded before EllaOne is taken and women purchasing EllaOne should be advised that no form of emergency contraception is 100% effective.

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