Compare Relpax vs. ergotamine

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

Relpax (eletriptan)

Prescription only

Ergomar (ergotamine)

Prescription only
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.

Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving pill
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Side effects
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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The Ergomar (ergotamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • 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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  • Drug interactions

    Macrolide antibiotics

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Lowered blood flow

    Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) more than the recommended amount daily or weekly

  • Dependency and withdrawal

    Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) regularly for months

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