If you get common ellaOne side effects, you can usually manage these at home. You should speak to your doctor or visit A&E if you get any serious side effects, like an allergic reaction. Most side effects should not last more than a few days, but if you have any concerns then you should speak to your doctor.
Managing common side effects
The most common side effects of ellaOne are nausea and vomiting. If you vomit within 3 hours of taking the medication, you will need to speak to your doctor about taking another dose. To manage nausea we suggest:
- eating smaller and more frequent meals
- getting lots of fresh air
- distracting yourself by doing something you enjoy
- taking regular small sips of cold water, ginger, or peppermint tea
- eating foods that contain ginger
- avoiding large meals or meals full of spicy, fried, or greasy foods
- not lying down right after eating
- eating slowly
- not drinking too much with meals
If you get headaches, you should try to rest and limit the time you spend on screens.
If you get stomach pains or your period is painful or heavy, you can manage this by taking painkillers. You can get paracetamol and ibuprofen over the counter, or you can speak to your doctor if you think you need stronger painkillers.
When should I go to a doctor about my side effects?
You should contact a doctor immediately if you experience:
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling dizzy
- Swelling or tingling in or around your mouth
- A widespread rash
- Nausea and vomiting
If side effects last longer than a few days or you do not have a period after 7 days, speak to your doctor and take a pregnancy test. If you are experiencing side effects which are unmanageable then you should speak to your doctor.