The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
ELETRIPTAN - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Relpax
Eletriptan is a "triptan"-type medication used to treat migraine headache attacks. It does not prevent migraine headaches from occurring and should not be used for other types of headaches (e.g., cluster headaches).
How To Use
Take this medication by mouth at the first sign of a migraine headache. If the headache returns or you have no relief from the first dose, a second dose of this medication may be taken 2 hours after the initial dose; but only if instructed to do so by your doctor. Do not take more than two doses and do not exceed 80 mg of this medication in a 24-hour time period. Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Stomach upset, dizziness, or dry mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: tingling or numbness of the hands or feet, chest pain/pressure/tightness, throat pain/pressure/tightness, jaw or neck pain, trouble swallowing. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, one-sided weakness, vision problems, slurred speech. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: chest pain (angina), history of heart attack(s), other heart or blood vessel disease (e.g., coronary artery disease with vasospasm or ischemia), uncontrolled high blood pressure, history of stroke(s), other types of headaches (hemiplegic or basilar migraines), certain blood circulation problems (e.g., peripheral vascular disease, ischemic bowel disease), severe liver disease. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking history, family history of heart disease or stroke, menopause, excessive weight gain, certain blood vessel problems (e.g., Raynaud's syndrome), any allergies (especially to other "triptan" migraine drugs). This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
This drug should not be used within 72 hours of the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: azole antifungals (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole), macrolides (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin), protease inhibitors (e.g., nelfinavir, ritonavir), nefazodone. This drug should not be used within 24 hours of the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: other "triptan" migraine drugs (e.g., sumatriptan), ergot-type drugs (e.g., ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, methysergide). If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting eletriptan. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, citalopram), sibutramine, St. John's wort. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness or chest pain.
Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.