Compare Relpax vs. Maxalt

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Relpax
(eletriptan)

Maxalt
(rizatriptan)

Treats migraine headaches. Relpax (eletriptan) is a first choice medicine to treat migraines, but it can be expensive.Treats migraine headaches. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.
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Side effects
RelpaxMaxalt
  • Headache 1%
  • Weakness 1%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Abdominal issues 1%
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How it works
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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.Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.
Type of medication
RelpaxMaxalt
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
RelpaxMaxalt
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
RelpaxMaxalt
Risk factors for serious side effects
RelpaxMaxalt
  • 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
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Fentanyl
  • Tramadol
  • Buspirone
  • ADHD medicines
  • Triptans
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
  • History of stroke
  • History of heart attack
Detailed Relpax (eletriptan) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
    • Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs
    • History of high blood pressure
    • History of seizures
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
    Detailed Maxalt (rizatriptan) risks & warnings »
    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 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.

    Upsides and benefits
    RelpaxMaxalt
    • Relpax (eletriptan) works as well as other first choice medicines for migraines.
    • Relpax (eletriptan) comes in 2 different strengths.
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    RelpaxMaxalt
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    RelpaxMaxalt
    • 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.
    • Take Maxalt (Rizatriptan) as soon as you feel you’re getting a headache or experience warning signs like being sensitive to light or sound.
    • If you're taking other medicines to control your headaches (like propranolol), the dose of Maxalt (Rizatriptan) will be different.
    • Let your doctor know if your headaches don’t go away after taking [name-common] or if you have more than 4 migraines per month.
    • It’s available in two different dosage forms, a tablet you take by mouth and an orally disintegrating tablet (Maxalt-MLT) you place on your tongue to let it dissolve.
    • Lie down in a dark room after taking Maxalt (Rizatriptan) to help ease pain. Ask your doctor about other medicines that can help prevent your headaches.
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