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Relpax is a prescription medication belonging to the triptan class of drugs that is primarily used for the acute treatment of migraines with or without aura. The active ingredient in this medication is called eletriptan hydrobromide. Eletriptan works by constricting the blood vessels in the brain, which helps to relieve migraine symptoms.
Relax should only be used to treat acute migraine attacks and is not intended for regular use to manage or reduce symptoms. Do not use Relpax every day in an attempt to prevent migraines when they are not present, as this can result in serious health complications. Furthermore, Relpax should not be used to relieve pain associated with conditions other than migraines, such as regular headaches or muscle/joint pain.
Uses and Dosage
Eletriptan is an oral tablet used to treat migraines. It should be taken immediately at the onset of a migraine headache. If your symptoms improve but return after 2 hours or longer, you can take a second tablet as prescribed by your doctor. However, if your symptoms do not improve after taking eletriptan, call your doctor before taking a second tablet.
The recommended dosages of Relpax may vary depending on the individual's condition and medical history. It is important to follow the directions on the prescription label carefully and consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Typically, for the treatment of migraines in adults, the recommended starting dose of Relpax is 40 mg or 20 mg. If symptoms do not improve, a second dose may be taken after at least two hours have passed, although the maximum recommended dose is 80 mg per day.
If your headaches do not improve or occur more frequently after taking eletriptan, call your doctor immediately. Taking eletriptan frequently or for a longer time than recommended may worsen your headaches or cause them to occur more often. Do not take eletriptan or any other headache medication for more than 10 days per month. If you need to take eletriptan to treat more than three headaches in a 1-month period, consult your doctor.
Common Side Effects of Relpax (Eletriptan):
- Headaches distinct from migraines
- Upset stomach
Serious Side Effects of Relpax (Eletriptan):
- Irregular heartbeat
- Stomach pain accompanied with weight loss, constipation, or diarrhea
- Bloody diarrhea
- Tingling or numb sensations
- Feelings of tightness or heaviness in extremities
- Pale, cold, or blue in fingers or toes
- Sudden numbness, loss of movement, slurred speech, severe headaches
- Chest pain
- Pressure or pain in the jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating
Form and Strength
Relpax (Eletriptan) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 20 mg
- 40 mg
- 20 mg
- 40 mg
- Relpax should not be used by individuals who have certain medical conditions, including severe liver or kidney disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or a history of heart disease or stroke.
- Relpax should not be used in combination with certain other medications, including ergot medications, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
- Relpax can interact with other prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as with certain foods or supplements. You should consult with your healthcare provider before taking Relpax if you are using other medications or supplements.
- Pregnant or nursing women should consult with their healthcare provider before taking Relpax.
- Relpax may cause drowsiness or dizziness. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Relpax affects you.
- Relpax should be taken as soon as possible after the onset of a migraine, but it may not be effective for all types of migraines.
- The recommended dose of Relpax should not be exceeded. Taking more than the recommended dose can increase the risk of side effects.
- Relpax may interact with grapefruit or grapefruit juice, which can increase the concentration of the medication in your bloodstream and increase the risk of side effects.
- Relpax should not be used to prevent migraines, only to treat them when they occur.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How many eletriptan can I take in a day?
Adults 20 or 40 milligrams (mg) taken as a single dose. If the migraine comes back after being relieved, another dose be taken at least 2 hours after the first dose.
How fast does eletriptan work?
Relpax generally begins to work within 30 minutes to 2 hours. It is intended to reduce acute symptoms of migraine attacks that have already begun. It should not be used as a prophylactic therapy to prevent the onset of migraine or to treat hemiplegic or basilar migraine
Is it safe to take Relpax daily?
The drug is not meant to be taken daily. Your doctor will discuss the frequency of your migraine episodes and how often you can take Relpax safely.
Does eletriptan make you sleep?
You should know that eletriptan may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Talk to your doctor about your headache symptoms.
It's important to purchase Relpax from verified Canadian pharmacy.