Relpax (Oral)

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whether or not you have to eat

I just wanted to know, do you have to eat food when taking Relpax? When I take the medicine, I would feel very bad, and I was eating, but very little.
by Cheryl Gathers in Eutawville,SC, 01/19/2007

Relpax (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Relpax (Oral)

Relpax (Oral) Medication Classification


Relpax (Oral) Brandname


Relpax (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Eletriptan Hydrobromide (el-e-trip-tan hye-droe-BROE-mide) Treats migraine headaches.

When To Not Use Relpax (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to eletriptan, or if you have severe liver disease or high blood pressure that is not under control. You should not use this medicine if you have a history of certain heart or blood vessel problems. This includes angina, heart attack, stroke, TIA, or ischemic bowel disease. Do not use this medicine within 24 hours of using a similar medicine such as Imitrex® or an ergotamine medicine such as D.H.E. 45®, Migranal®, Cafergot®, or Wigraine®.

How Should You Use Relpax (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If your headache improves but then comes back after taking one dose of this medicine, wait at least 2 hours before taking a second dose.
  • If your headache does not improve after taking one dose of this medicine, do not take a second dose without asking your doctor.
  • Do not take more than 2 doses of this medicine in any 24-hour period.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • This medicine is used only when you feel a migraine headache starting. You will not use this medicine on a regular schedule.

Proper Relpax (Oral) Storage

Store Relpax (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Relpax (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Relpax (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using ketoconazole (Nizoral®), itraconazole (Sporanox®), nefazodone (Serzone®), troleandomycin (Tao®), clarithromycin (Biaxin®), ritonavir (Norvir®, Kaletra®), or nelfinavir (Viracept®). You should not use eletriptan within 72 hours of using any of these medicines.

Relpax (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, blood circulation problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of heart problems or stroke. Make sure your doctor knows if you are going through or past menopause. Tell your doctor if you smoke.
  • This medicine should be used only for classic or common migraine headaches. It will not work for any other kind of headache or pain.
  • You might need to use your first dose of this medicine while you are in your doctor's office or clinic. Your doctor might want to do some tests to make sure this medicine does not cause heart problems or other side effects for you. This is more likely if you have risk factors for heart disease. Some risk factors are smoking or being overweight.
  • Your doctor may need to check your progress at regular visits if you use this medicine for a long time.

Relpax (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Fast, slow or uneven heartbeat
  • Hands or feet feeling cold, numb, or painful
  • Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body
  • Pain, tightness, or discomfort in your chest, neck, or jaw
  • Stomach pain, diarrhea, blood in your stools
  • Sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking
  • Trouble breathing or feeling faint, lightheaded, or dizzy
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Mild nausea, dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness
  • Weakness

Relpax (Oral) Ratings

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Relpax (Oral)

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Ease of Use: ***

Overall Satisfaction: ***


SYED ANEER HUSSAIN, Wisconsin USA - 05/23/2010

I had been on Imatrex for over 20 years, but I eventually got fed up with all the side effects and decided to make a change. I switched over to Relpax. I had some issues with the insurance company in order to get the 30-day max, but I eventually got what I needed. That said, Relpax has a major potential side effect, which is a stroke. That is not a risk I'm going to take. Back to Imatrex, I guess.

Relpax (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: ***

Overall Satisfaction: *****


zaidia tanveer, oklahoma - 09/16/2008

When a migraine strikes I have found that I need to take Relpax right away. If not I have to take two pills to relieve the pain. I also have noticed in addition to the Relpax if I take one Tylenol Extra Strength at the same time the pain is relieved even quicker. Nausea from the migraine goes away with the Relpax and I tend not to get as sleepy. The pain problem is Relpax is quite expensive.