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Generic Name: El-e-TRIPtan
Drug class: antimigraine agents

What is Relpax?

Relpax, a headache medication that narrows the blood vessels surrounding the brain, is an effective treatment for migraines. Eletriptan reduces the substances in your body that trigger migraine symptoms such as headache pain, nausea, and sensitivity to sound and light.Relpax can be used to treat headaches in adults with or without an aura. Relpax can only be used to treat headaches that have already started. Relpax will not reduce headaches or prevent them.Relpax is not recommended for treating a migraine headache, a common headache, a headache causing loss of motion on one side, or a headache that seems different from the usual migraine headaches. Only use this medication if your doctor has confirmed that you have migraine headaches.

Side effects of Relpax

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: itching; difficulty breathing; swelling in your face, lips, or throat;

If you experience:

  • Heart rate can be fast, slow, or uneven.
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or weight gain are all symptoms of sudden, severe stomach pain.
  • Fever, diarrhea with blood;
  • You may experience numbness, tingling, or burning in your toes or feet.
  • Your fingers and toes may appear pale or blue in color.
  • If you have a severe headache or blurred vision or feel a pounding in the neck or ears, or if your vision is blurred, then this could be a sign of a serious condition.
  • Signs of a Stroke: sudden numbness, weakness, or headache (especially on one side), slurred or distorted speech, or problems with vision, balance, or coordination.

Relpax should be stopped immediately, and you should consult your doctor if:

  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pain, pressure, or pain that spreads to the jaw or shoulder. Nausea. Sweating.

If you experience symptoms of serotonin disorder, including agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, or shivering, rapid heart rate, muscle stiffness, and twitching, You may also notice a loss of coordination.

Relpax may cause the following side effects:

  • Dizziness, drowsiness;
  • Nausea;
  • Feeling tired is a sign of weakness.

There may be other side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


You should not use Relpax if you have ever had heart disease, coronary artery disease, blood circulation problems, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, uncontrolled high blood pressure, severe liver disease, a heart attack or stroke, or if your headache is different from usual migraine headaches.Relpax should not be taken within 24 hours of using any other migraine headache medication.Relpax should not be taken within 72 hours of taking clarithromycin or troleandomycin.

Before you take this drug

Relpax should not be used if:

  • Heart problems or strokes (including "ministrokes")
  • Circulation problems affecting your legs, arms, stomach, intestines, or kidneys;
  • A heart disorder called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome;
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure (or)
  • A headache that is different from the usual migraine headaches.

Relpax should not be taken within 24 hours of using any other migraine headache medication, including:

  • These include medicines such as eletriptan (also known as almotriptan), frovatriptan (also known by the name naratriptan), rizatriptan (also called rizatriptan), sumatriptan and zolmitriptan.
  • Ergot medicine: dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergonovine, and methylergonovine.

Relpax should not be taken within 72 hours of taking clarithromycin or troleandomycin.

Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure that this medicine will be safe for you:

  • Liver or renal disease
  • Heart problems or stroke
  • Risk factors for coronary heart disease include high blood pressure, a high cholesterol level, diabetes, the menopause stage, tobacco use, having a family history, being overweight or older than 40, and being a male.

Make sure you tell your doctor if you are also taking stimulant medicines, opioid medications, herbal remedies or medication for mental illness, depression or migraine headaches. Also, let them know if they prescribe medicine to treat Parkinson's disease, migraines, serious infections, or prevent nausea or vomiting. This medicine may cause serotonin-induced syndrome, a serious condition.Inform your doctor immediately if you plan to get pregnant. Unknown is whether electriptan can harm an unborn child. The presence of migraines during pregnancy can cause complications such as high blood pressure or eclampsia. Treatment of migraines can be beneficial to both mother and baby.Relpax may make it unsafe to breastfeed. You should consult your doctor if you are concerned about any risks.Relpax should not be used by anyone under the age of 18.

How to take Relpax?

Follow the instructions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Read all the instructions and directions that come with your prescription. Sometimes your doctor will change the dose.Relpax should be taken as soon as migraine symptoms appear.Take a second tablet two hours after taking the first one if your headache is not gone completely or if it goes away but comes back. Relpax should not be taken for more than 80 mg in a 24-hour period. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve before taking more tablets.If your headache persists after taking Relpax, call your doctor.You may need an ECG or electrocardiograph (also called an EKG) to check your heart function if you are using this medication for a long time.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

Details on dosage

Adult dose for migraine:

Only use after a migraine diagnosis has been made.
Initial dose: 20 or 40 mg taken orally once
If migraine symptoms or headaches return, you may administer a second dose at least two hours after the first.
Maximum dose: 80 mg in a 24-hour period
In clinical trials, benefits were observed with doses of 20 mg, 40mg, and 80mg. However, side effects increased at the 80mg dose.
This drug should not treat basilar or paraplegic headaches, as these patients have a higher risk of stroke.
The safety of treating three migraine attacks or more on average in a 30-day period has not yet been proven.
Use: To treat acute migraines with or without an aura.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Relpax does not require a daily dosage schedule because it is only used when needed. If your symptoms don't improve after taking Relpax, call your doctor immediately.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Do not drive or engage in hazardous activities until you have determined how the medicine will affect you. You may be unable to react properly.

Interaction with other drug

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including antidepressants.Other drugs, such as vitamins and herbal products, may interact with Eletriptan. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you stop or start using.