Relpax - Replax (eletriptan hydrobromide)
Relpax (Replax) is indicated for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults. This medicine is a cerebral vasoconstrictor used to relieve migraine headache attacks as they occur.
Eletriptan is an antimigraine medication, and should not be used to relieve any kind of pain other than migraine. Many people find that their migraines go away completely after they take eletriptan. Other people find that their migraines are much less painful, and that they are able to go back to their normal activities even though their migraines are not completely gone. Eletriptan often relieves symptoms that occur together with migraine pain and headache, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound.
Eletriptan belongs to a group of drugs called "triptans." Migraines are thought to occur when certain blood vessels in the brain become swollen (dilated). This drug works by helping blood vessels in the brain to return to normal size. It may also block pain signals in the brain.
Directions for use:
Relpax will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks. It is best to take a dose of this medicine as soon as you notice symptoms of a migraine attack. Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you, do not take the medication in larger amounts.
If your symptoms are only partly relieved, or if your headache comes back, you may take a second dose after 2 hours. Do not take more than 2 doses (80mg) in a 24-hour period. If your symptoms do not improve after the first dose, do not take a second dose for the same attack.
Your dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Single doses of 20mg and 40mg were effective for the acute treatment of migraine in adults. If a second dose is required, it should be taken at least 2 hours after the initial dose. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 80mg. Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Your doctor may want to give your first dose of this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting to see if you have any serious side effects.
Relpax belongs to a group of head ache medications.
Relpax Safety Info
Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Do not start or stop any medicine without your doctors approval.
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of eletriptan. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially those listed below. High blood pressure, liver disease, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, a history of chest pain. Heart or blood vessel disease and high blood pressure sometimes do not cause any symptoms, so some people do not know that they have these problems. Before deciding whether you should use eletriptan, your doctor may need to do some tests to make sure that you do not have any of these conditions or alergic reaction. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Relpax.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to eletriptan or you have: a history of heart disease, blood circulation problems, history of a heart attack or stroke, severe liver disease, ischemic bowel disease, severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, especially other prescription medicine for migraine or depression. This also includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products.
Do not take Relpax within 24 hours after taking other "triptan" migraine medications, or ergot-containing drugs. Do not take Relpax within 72 hours after taking azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, HIV protease inhibitors, or nefazodone.
This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Relpax can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. This medicine should not be given to anyone younger than 18 years old.
Relpax is generally well-tolerated. Across all doses, most adverse reactions were mild and transient. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.
An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
Stop using Relpax and call your doctor at once if you have any of serious side effects (e.g. chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body, sudden headache, problems with vision or speech, fast heart rate, sudden and severe stomach pain and bloody diarrhea, a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes,..).
Relpax Side Effects
- dry mouth, upset stomach
- pain or pressure in neck or throat