A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
ella is an emergency contraceptive. It works by stopping or delaying the release of an egg from an ovary. Ulipristal may also make it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. ella is used to prevent pregnancy after having sex without using a condom or other effective birth control method. It is also used to prevent pregnancy after a regular form of birth control has failed. This medicine is not to be used as a regular form of daily, weekly, or monthly birth control. ELLA SHOULD NOT BE USED TO TERMINATE AN EXISTING PREGNANCY.
Take ella exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. ella is usually given as soon as possible after unprotected sex or failed birth control method (such as a condom that broke during sex). Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully. ella can be taken any time during your menstrual cycle, but you must use the medicine within 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.
The active ingredient in ella is ulipristal acetate. Each tablet contains 30 milligrams of ulipristal acetate. This is what postpones ovulation. The inactive ingredients in ella® are lactose monohydrate, povidone, croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate
ella is not to be used as a regular form of daily, weekly, or monthly birth control. ella can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are already pregnant or think you might be pregnant. Before you take this medicine, tell your doctor if you have a history of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, or if your last menstrual period was less than 4 weeks ago. Also tell your doctor about all other medicines you use. Call your doctor if your next menstrual period is more than 1 week late. You will need a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. Do not take a second course. Call your doctor at once if you have severe pain in your lower stomach (especially on only one side) 3 to 5 weeks after using this medicine.
Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction ro ella: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once or seek emergency medical attention if you have severe pain in your lower stomach (especially on only one side) 3 to 5 weeks after using ella. Common ella side effects may include: headache; dizziness, tired feeling; nausea, stomach pain; or menstrual pain. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.