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- What is eletriptan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for eletriptan?
- Do I need a prescription for eletriptan?
- What are the side effects of eletriptan?
- What is the dosage for eletriptan?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with eletriptan?
- Is eletriptan safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about eletriptan?
What is eletriptan, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Eletriptan is an oral drug that is used for treating migraine headaches. It is in the "triptan" class of drugs that also includes sumatriptan (Imitrex), zolmitriptan (Zomig), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), almotriptan (Axert), and frovatriptan (Frova). Migraine headaches are believed to be the result of abnormal activity in the brain that leads to dilation of the blood vessels on the surface of the brain as well as the tissues that surround the brain. The dilation of the blood vessels is believed to be associated with inflammation. The triptan class of drugs, including eletriptan, constricts the blood vessels, thus preventing migraine headache. While it is very effective in relieving migraine, it does not prevent or reduce the number of attacks of migraine. In a large study, it was shown to be more effective than sumatriptan in relieving migraine headache pain within two hours. Eletriptan was approved by the FDA in December 2002.
What brand names are available for eletriptan?
Do I need a prescription for eletriptan?
What are the side effects of eletriptan?
Common side effects include:
- abdominal cramps, and
- chest pain,
- jaw pain, or
- neck pain.
More serious side effects include:
- heat attacks,
- abnormal heart beats,
- severe blood pressure elevation,
- bleeding, and
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