What is ellaŽ?
ellaŽ is an emergency contraceptive that reduces your chance of becoming pregnant in the event of birth control failure or unprotected sex.
ellaŽ is not intended for use as your regular birth control. It is very important that you have a reliable form of regular preventative birth control that is right for you.
ellaŽ will not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
How does ellaŽ work?
ellaŽ is thought to work primarily by postponing the release of an egg from the
ovary. ellaŽ may also work by preventing attachment (implantation) of the egg to
the uterine wall.
What is the difference between ellaŽ and Plan-BŽ?
The primary difference between ellaŽ and Plan-BŽ is the amount of time you have after contraception failure or unprotected sex to obtain and take the medication.
ellaŽ is effective up to 120 hours (5 days) after intercourse. Plan-BŽ is only effective for 72 hours (3 days) after intercourse.
How effective is ellaŽ?
When ellaŽ is taken as directed, it can reduce the chance that you will get
pregnant after unprotected intercourse or contraception failure. ellaŽ is not
effective in every case. ellaŽ is only intended for use after a single episode
of unprotected intercourse. Be sure to use a regular preventative method of
birth control the next time you have intercourse.
Who should not take ellaŽ?
You should not take ellaŽ if you know or suspect you are already pregnant. ellaŽ is not for use to end an existing pregnancy. Talk to your
Physician and/or Pharmacist before taking
ellaŽ if you think you may be pregnant.
Do not take ellaŽ if you are breastfeeding, it is not known if ellaŽ
is excreted into breast milk.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking ellaŽ?
Tell your Physician about any medications you take, including prescription and
nonprescription medicines (OTC), vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using other
medications may affect how ellaŽ works. These may include but are not limited
to, St. John's Wort, phenytoin, rifampin, phenobarbital, and carbamazepine,
How should I take ellaŽ?
Take ellaŽ as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse or contraception
failure. ellaŽ can be taken up to 5 days (120 hrs) from when the unprotected sex
or contraceptive failure occurred. ellaŽ can be taken with or without food.
Contact your Physician and/or Pharmacist immediately if you vomit within 3 hours of taking
ellaŽ. Another dose of ellaŽ may be prescribed for you.
ellaŽ can be taken at any time during the menstrual cycle.
When is it not appropriate to use ellaŽ?
ellaŽ is not intended for use as a regular birth control method. It does not work as well as most other forms of birth control when they are used properly.
Do not use ellaŽ if you are already or suspect that you may be pregnant.
Do not use ellaŽ more than one time in the same menstrual cycle for different acts of unprotected intercourse or contraception failure.
What if I am already pregnant and use ellaŽ?
ellaŽ should not be taken if you are already or believe you may be pregnant. There is little data on whether or not
ellaŽ would harm a developing baby. Contact your Physician and/or Pharmacist if you think you may be pregnant and have taken
ellaŽ. ellaŽ is not intended for use to terminate an existing pregnancy.
What should I do if my menstrual period is delayed beyond 1 week or I have severe lower stomach (abdominal) pain?
After taking ellaŽ, your next menstrual period may begin a few days earlier or later than expected. If your next cycle is more than 7 days later than expected, you may be pregnant. You should get a pregnancy test and follow up with your healthcare provider. If you have severe lower stomach (abdominal) pain 3 to 5 weeks after taking
ellaŽ, you may have a pregnancy outside of the uterus (womb), which is called an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a serious condition that needs urgent medical treatment. Call your local
Physician or hospital or go to the nearest emergency room if you think you may have an ectopic pregnancy.
How often can I use ellaŽ?
ellaŽ is meant for emergency contraception only, and is not to be used
repeatedly or as a regular form of birth control. If you need to use emergency
contraception often, talk to your Physician about your birth control options and
ways to protect yourself from sexually transmitted disease.
What are the possible side effects of ellaŽ?
The most common side effects of ellaŽ include (but are not limited to):
stomach (abdominal) pain,
menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea),
Some women taking ellaŽ may experience their next period earlier or later than
expected. If your next period is more than a week late, you should get a
pregnancy test. Tell your Physician and/or Pharmacist if you have any side
effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Contact your Physician or
Pharmacist for any questions regarding side effects you may be experiencing or
any questions you may have.
How should I store ellaŽ?
Store ellaŽ at room temperature, 68-77°F (20-25°C). Protect ellaŽ from light. Keep
ellaŽ in the original box until you are ready to take it. Do not use ellaŽ if the package is torn or broken. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
What are the ingredients in ellaŽ?
Active ingredients: ulipristal acetate, 30 mg Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, povidone, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate
What should I do if I have additional questions about ellaŽ?
If you have additional questions about ellaŽ please contact ella-KwikMed by phone or email to speak with a
Physician or Pharmacist.
How quickly will I receive my medication?
Orders placed before 1:00pm (Mountain), Monday -
Friday, will be shipped that same day to be received the next day.
Orders placed on Friday after 1:00pm (Mountain) and before 12:00pm (Mountain) on Saturday will be shipped for Monday delivery.
Orders placed after 12:00pm (Mountain) Saturday will be shipped for Tuesday delivery.
Orders placed on Sunday will be shipped for Tuesday delivery.
How can it be legal to prescribe medications online?
KwikMed operates in accordance with Utah State Law 58-83 and R156-83 and has been licensed by the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to facilitate the prescribing of certain medications using an online diagnostic consultation. All prescriptions are written by a licensed
Physician who prescribes the medication based on a detailed medical history and, whenever necessary, personalized follow-up through e-mail and phone communication.
How does the online consultation work?
You will be asked to complete a detailed medical assessment highlighting your relevant medical history and any existing medical conditions you have and also to list any prescription or over-the-counter medications you may be taking. Starting with general questions, the medical assessment increasingly focuses on issues specific to each patient. The
Physician reviewing your medical assessment, as well as the Pharmacist filling your prescription, may contact you for additional information and/or decline your request for a prescription based on the information you provide.
KwikMed does not charge for its online medical consultation.
May I place an order for my spouse, friend or significant other?
No, each patient must complete their own online diagnostic medical assessment. Our system collects a complete patient medical history to allow our
Physicians to make an accurate diagnosis and to prescribe a treatment and it needs to be obtained directly from each patient.
Do you accept Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HAS) cards?
Yes, KwikMed is registered as a SIGIS member for the 90% Rule. We are able to accept FSA and HSA cards as payment.
May I have my prescription filled at another pharmacy?
Yes, you may have your prescription filled at another pharmacy at any time; however, there will be a $35 processing fee. At KwikMed the cost for a
Physician to evaluate your medical history and for our pharmacy to fill your prescription are built into the cost of the medicine. When a patient chooses to have their medication filled elsewhere, we must separate the costs.
How should I dispose of medications I haven't used?
The FDA Provides a useful guide on how to properly dispose of unused medications. Please visit FDA Unused Medicine Guide