eletriptan, Relpax

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

A Guide to Migraine Headaches

PRESCRIBED FOR: Eletriptan is used to relieve migraine headaches and its associated nausea and sensitivity to light. It does not prevent or reduce the number of attacks of migraine. It should not be used to treat non-migraine headaches.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects include:

More serious side effects include:

GENERIC: No

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 20 and 40 mg

STORAGE: Eletriptan should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F), away from heat and light and out of the reach of children.

DOSING: Eletriptan 20 or 40 mg is taken at the first sign of a migraine attack. The maximum single dose is 40 mg. If the symptoms improve but then return after two hours or longer, a second tablet may be taken before calling the doctor. In any case, no more than 80 mg of eletriptan should be taken in any 24-hour period.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Ergots, like dihydroergotamine (DHE 45) and ergotamine tartrate (Cafergot, Bellergal-S, Ergomar), or methysergide (Sansert) can causes constriction of blood vessels. It is possible that these effects may add to the effects of eletriptan. Therefore, it is recommended that ergot-containing drugs not be used within 24 hours of eletriptan.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/18/2015

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