Compare Relpax vs. ergotamine

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Relpax
(eletriptan)

Ergomar
(ergotamine)

Treats migraine headaches. Relpax (eletriptan) is a first choice medicine to treat migraines, but it can be expensive.Treats migraine headaches. Ergomar (ergotamine) has more side effects than other medicines used to treat migraines.
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Side effects
Relpaxergotamine
  • Headache 1%
  • Weakness 1%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Abdominal issues 1%
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The ergotamine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
Relpaxergotamine
Relpax (eletriptan) is a triptan. Migraine headaches happen when blood vessels are too open and allow too much blood to the brain. Relpax (eletriptan) tightens the blood vessels, which relieves the pain.Ergomar (ergotamine) is an ergot alkaloid. It tightens the blood vessels in your brain to relieve the pain of your headaches.
Type of medication
Relpaxergotamine
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Relpaxergotamine
  • Pill
  • Dissolving pill
Used for
Relpaxergotamine
Risk factors for serious side effects
Relpaxergotamine
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • History of chest pain
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • History of a stroke
  • Using Relpax (eletriptan) for more than 10 days a month
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  • Macrolide antibiotics
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) more than the recommended amount daily or weekly
  • Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) regularly for months
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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Upsides and benefits
Relpaxergotamine
  • Relpax (eletriptan) works as well as other first choice medicines for migraines.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) comes in 2 different strengths.
  • Ergomar (ergotamine) works better than other medicines if your migraines last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.
Downsides and risks
Relpaxergotamine
  • 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.
  • Harmful to the fetus so avoid if you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
  • Doesn't prevent migraines from happening. It can only relieve them.
  • Excessive use can be dangerous and result in rebound headaches. Talk to your doctor if your headaches are worse and occurring more frequently.
  • May not be right for you if you have high blood pressure or had a heart attack.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Relpaxergotamine
  • Relpax (eletriptan) can only treat a migraine that's already happening. Relpax (eletriptan) doesn't prevent migraines from starting.
  • Take Relpax (eletriptan) at the first sign of a migraine. You can take another dose if you don't feel better after 2 hours. Don't take more than 80 mg every 24 hours.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) can make you feel dizzy or tired when you first start taking it. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • If you find you're using the entire month's supply of Relpax (eletriptan) before your next refill, talk to your doctor to see if you should try something else.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) can cause nausea or tightness in the chest or throat. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.
  • Avoid if you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant since it can harm the fetus.
  • Take as soon as you feel the migraine coming on.
  • You may be more sensitive to cold since Ergomar (ergotamine) affects the circulation of your blood. Dress warmly.
  • Don't use Ergomar (ergotamine) excessively. The most you can take is 3 tablets per day or 5 tablets per week.
  • Don't use with triptans if you're taking Ergomar (ergotamine).
  • Talk to your doctor if you have heart disease or blood vessel problems before starting Ergomar (ergotamine).
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