Compare Relpax vs. ergotamine

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

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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
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  • 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 risk factors
  • Heart attack and rhythm problems
    • Heart rhythm problems
    • History of chest pain
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Stroke
    • History of a stroke
  • Medication overuse headache
    • Using Relpax (eletriptan) for more than 10 days a month
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    • Buspirone
    • ADHD medicines
    • Triptans
  • Higher blood pressure
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Blood vessel issues
    • High blood pressure
    • History of stroke
    • History of heart attack
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  • Drug interactions
    • Macrolide antibiotics
    • Protease inhibitors
  • 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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