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In clinical trials of Relpax, commonly reported side effects included weakness, nausea, and drowsiness. Side effects of Relpax that you should report to your healthcare provider include such things as severe chest pain, bloody diarrhea, and changes in vision. Taking Relpax with certain antidepressants can lead to a group of symptoms known as serotonin syndrome, which can be dangerous.

Side Effects of Relpax: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Relpax® (eletriptan hydrobromide). However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Relpax. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Relpax Side Effects

Relpax has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
Based on these studies, the most common Relpax side effects include:
 
  • Weakness -- occurring in up to 10 percent of people
  • Nausea -- up to 8 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 7 percent
  • Drowsiness -- up to 7 percent
  • Abnormal sensations, such as tingling, burning, or pricking (paresthesia) -- up to 4 percent
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, or chest pressure -- up to 4 percent
  • Dry mouth -- up to 4 percent
  • Headache -- up to 4 percent 
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- up to 2 percent
  • Upset stomach or heartburn -- up to 2 percent
  • Difficulty swallowing or throat tightness -- up to 2 percent.
     
The following were also reported as common side effects (occurring in more than 1 percent of people) in some studies, although the exact percentages were not reported:
 
  • Back pain
  • Chills
  • Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (palpitations)
  • A sense of spinning (vertigo)
  • Increased sensitivity of the senses (such as sensitivity to light or sound)
  • Sore throat
  • Sweating.
     
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