Relpax is a prescription drug used to treat migraines once they start. A migraine headache can result when some of the blood vessels in the head become dilated. Relpax works by narrowing these blood vessels, returning them to their normal state. The medication comes in a tablet form that should be taken by mouth as soon as a migraine starts. As with any medication, there are potential side effects that may occur, such as nausea, dizziness, and drowsiness.
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Who Makes Relpax?
It is made by Pfizer.
How Does It Work?
Relpax is part of a class of migraine medications called 5-HT agonists (or more commonly known as "triptans"). During a migraine headache, some of the blood vessels in the head become dilated (wider than they usually are). Relpax works by narrowing these blood vessels, helping them return to their normal state. This action helps to relieve migraine symptoms.
In studies, up to 77 percent of people with migraines had no (or mild) pain within two hours of taking Relpax, compared to only 19 to 39.5 percent of people who did not take it.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Relpax [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer Inc;2013 September.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed March 25, 2013.
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