What is Relpax (Eletriptan) used for?
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Relpax (Eletriptan) is prescribed to treat patients suffering from migraine headaches. The medication narrows blood vessels in the brain to reduce symptoms associated with this condition such as severe pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light (photosensitivity). Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Relpax (Eletriptan)?
Always use Relpax (Eletriptan) according to your physician's instructions to get the best results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken with a full glass of water at the first sign of a migraine to prevent it from developing further. Your individual dosage will be determined according to your symptoms and health condition. If your symptoms persist, you may be instructed to take another dose, but it is not recommended to exceed 40mg within a twenty-four hour period. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets before use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about the medication to prevent problems caused by misuse.
What are the side effects of Relpax (Eletriptan)?
Side effects that may occur while using Relpax (Eletriptan) include:
Inform your physician of any symptoms that are intense or worry you. Also disclose if more serious side effects appear such as severe chest pain, irregular heartbeats, muscle tightness of the jaw or throat, numbness, severe diarrhea, vision problems, or faintness. These conditions may require immediate medical attention or changes to your dosage to prevent more complications from occurring.
Do not begin using Relpax (Eletriptan) if you have severe heart disease, hypertension, history of strokes, peripheral vascular disease, angina, basilar migraines, hemiplegic migraines, or ophthalmoplegic migraines. Also inform your physician if you are at risk for heart disease or are a post-menopausal woman as these conditions may cause complications with treatment requiring reduced dosages.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Relpax (Eletriptan). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.