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Generic Name: Eletriptan (el-ee-TRIP-tan)Brand Name: Relpax

Eletriptan is used for:

Treating acute migraine headaches. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Eletriptan is a 5-HT1 agonist. It works by narrowing the blood vessels in the brain and thereby reducing pressure and pain in the brain. A migraine headache is thought to be caused by widened blood vessels exerting pressure on the brain.

Do NOT use Eletriptan if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Eletriptan
  • you have uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • you have hemiplegic or basilar migraine headaches or severe liver problems
  • you have a history of heart problems, ischemic heart disease (eg, angina), heart attack, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), brain blood vessel problems, or other circulation or blood vessel problems (eg, ischemic bowel disease)
  • you have taken an azole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole) within the last 7 days; an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, ritonavir), macrolide antibiotic (eg, erythromycin), ketolide antibiotic (eg, telithromycin), nefazodone, or verapamil within the last 3 days; or an ergot alkaloid (eg, ergotamine) or another 5-HT1 agonist (eg, sumatriptan) within the last 24 hours

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Eletriptan :

Some medical conditions may interact with Eletriptan . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have gone through menopause, have had a hysterectomy, or have a history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes
  • if you are overweight, a smoker, older than 40 years of age, or have a family history of heart problems, blood vessel problems, or stroke

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Eletriptan . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), ergot alkaloids (eg, ergotamine), HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir), ketolide antibiotics (eg, telithromycin), macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin), nefazodone, verapamil, or another 5-HT1 agonist (eg, sumatriptan) because they may increase the risk of Eletriptan 's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Eletriptan may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Eletriptan :

Use Eletriptan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Eletriptan by mouth with or without food.
  • Swallow Eletriptan whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • Take Eletriptan with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • It is best to take a dose of Eletriptan as soon as you notice symptoms of a migraine attack.
  • If you headache returns, a second dose may be taken. Allow at least 2 hours between doses of Eletriptan .
  • If your pain continues after the first dose, do not take a second dose without talking with your health care provider. Do not take more than 2 tablets in a 24-hour period.
  • If you miss a dose of Eletriptan and you still have a headache, follow your doctor's dosing instructions. Contact your doctor if you are unsure what to do if you miss a dose. Do not take Eletriptan more often then prescribed. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Eletriptan .

Important safety information:

  • Eletriptan may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Eletriptan with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • If Eletriptan does not stop or decrease the severity of your migraine attack or if your symptoms become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Eletriptan is intended to relieve acute migraine headaches. Do not use it to prevent or reduce the number of attacks you experience. Use Eletriptan only to treat an actual migraine attack. If you have a headache that is different than your usual migraine attacks, check with your doctor before using Eletriptan .
  • Do not take more medicine than prescribed unless advised to do so by your doctor or health care provider.
  • Diabetes patients -- Eletriptan may cause the results of some tests for urine ketones to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Use Eletriptan with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Eletriptan should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Eletriptan can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Eletriptan while you are pregnant. Eletriptan is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Eletriptan , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Eletriptan :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; nausea; sleepiness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black or tarry stools; changes in vision; chest pain; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; numbness and tingling of hands or feet; one-sided weakness; pounding in the chest; slurred speech; stomach pain; tightness, pain, or pressure in the jaw, neck, or chest; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include bluish skin; clumsiness; enlarged pupils; inactivity; incoordination; redness in the arms and legs; seizure; slowed breathing; slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat; unusual dizziness or drowsiness.

Proper storage of Eletriptan :

Store Eletriptan at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Eletriptan out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Eletriptan , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Eletriptan is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Eletriptan . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • eletriptan Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Relpax Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Relpax Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • Relpax Consumer Overview

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