Ellaone (30 mg ulipristal acetate)
Ellaone is an oral contraceptive, used for acute prophylaxis of pregnancy within 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sexual intercourse or after failure of other contraceptives.
There appears to be no certain differences in effect between Ellaone and NorLevo (1,5 mg levonogestrel). The advantage of using Ellaone, as opposed to NorLevo, is, that this treatment is documented for up to 120 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse. The advantage of using NorLevo instead of Ellaone is its price and accessibility, as NorLevo is available over the counter (without a prescription). The use of Ellaone can be advantageous – compared to NorLevo - when the time span after unprotected sexual intercourse exceeds 72, but not 120, hours. The side effects of Ellaone are similar to those of NorLevo.
The price for 1 tablet of Ellaone (ulipristal acetate) is 257,50 Dkr., compared with 92 Dkr. for the non-prescription drug NorLevo. There is no reimbursement.
It should be mentioned, that a copper IUD (IntraUterine Device) – if the woman wants a more permanent form of contraception – can be inserted within 7 days. It is approved for between 4-8 years of use, and may therefore, when looked upon in the long run, be the cheapest form of contraception. All methods should be followed up by taking a pregnancy test after about 3 weeks.
Ellaone was marketed on November 30th, 2009.