Relpax

(eletriptan)

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Treats migraine headaches.

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

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Quick facts about Relpax
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Relpax (eletriptan) works as well as other first choice medicines for migraines.
  • Relpax (eletriptan) comes in 2 different strengths.
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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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Relpax
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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What to expect when you take Relpax (eletriptan) for Migraine

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  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Higher blood pressure
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Side effect rates for Relpax (eletriptan)

From 1419 clinical trials of Relpax when taken for migraine (20mg)
  • Nausea
    4%4%
    5%5%
  • Headache
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Weakness
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Dizziness
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Sleepiness
    3%3%
    4%4%
  • Flushing
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Dry mouth
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Relpax.

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Risks and Warnings for Relpax (eletriptan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart rhythm problems
    • History of chest pain
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure

    People who have heart disease, such as problems with their heart rhythm, or chest pain shouldn't take Relpax (eletriptan) because it can cause heart attacks or make the rhythm problems worse. This can be life threatening. Talk to your doctor first to see if you can safely take Relpax (eletriptan).

Pharmacist Q&A

Relpax (eletriptan) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats acute migraine headaches in adults.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats acute migraine headaches in adults.

Common concerns from people taking Relpax (eletriptan)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Relpax
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  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Relpaxon 2/22/2018Takes away the migraine within an hour. I just have a little weakness and shakiness for about 30 minutes but no more migraine pain.
    55
    Woman
    A few months
    Would rather not say