Compare Maxalt vs. Relpax

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Prescription only

Relpax (eletriptan)

Prescription only
Treats migraine headaches.

Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 26 reviewsforMaxalt
Treats migraine headaches.

Relpax (eletriptan) is a first choice medicine to treat migraines, but it can be expensive.

Upsides
  • Triptans like Maxalt (Rizatriptan) are considered the first-choice treatment to relieve moderate to severe migraine-type headaches.
  • It can also be used to treat tension-type headaches.
  • Not all triptans work the same way for people, so you can try multiple ones to find the right medication for you.
  • You don't need to drink water with the orally disintegrating tablet for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down when they have a migraine.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) works as well as other first choice medicines for migraines.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) comes in 2 different strengths.
Downsides
  • Maxalt (Rizatriptan) doesn’t prevent migraines or tension headaches, but only works once the headache starts.
  • It can cause rebound headaches if it’s used too often.
  • You need to wait at least 2 hours after your first dose to take a second dose.
  • May not be the best choice if you have long, drawn-out headaches. Ask your doctor about other triptans that can last longer than Maxalt (Rizatriptan).
  • Not a good choice if you have heart disease or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) is only available as a brand name.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) can cause dizziness and might make you more likely to fall.
  • If you have more than 3 migraines a month, Relpax (eletriptan) isn't a good choice because of its side effects.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
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Reviews
26 
81%
think this treatment is worth it
62%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Maxalt (Rizatriptan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
8possible side effects
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Sleepiness
    3%
  • Flushing
    2%
  • Dry mouth
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Tightening of blood vessels (myocardial angina, ischemia, or infarction)

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)

    Phenylketonuria (PKU)

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  • Heart attack and rhythm problems

    Heart rhythm problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of a stroke

  • Medication overuse headache

    Using Relpax (eletriptan) for more than 10 days a month

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Tricyclic antidepressants

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Higher blood pressure

    Uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • Blood vessel issues

    High blood pressure

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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