When it comes to treating migraines, there are alternatives to Relpax. Alternatives to the migraine medication may include lifestyle changes and other medications. Lifestyle changes, such as getting regular exercise, have been shown effective at improving migraine symptoms. Other medications that may be used as Relpax alternatives include those used to treat migraine headaches that have already started (such as Axert) and those used to prevent them from starting (such as Inderal).
Alternatives to Relpax: An OverviewThere are several alternatives to Relpax® (eletriptan hydrobromide) for the treatment of migraine headaches. These alternatives include lifestyle changes and other migraine medications.
Many people benefit from lifestyle changes to improve migraine headaches. Preventing migraine triggers, such as certain foods or stressful situations, can help improve migraines (see Migraine Diet for more information). Biofeedback for migraines can also be helpful, and regular exercise can also help improve migraine symptoms.
There are basically two types of migraine medications: those used to treat migraine headaches that have already started and those used to prevent them from starting in the first place. Some medications for treating migraines that have already started include:
- Triptans (other migraine medications very similar to Relpax), such as:
- Ergot medications, such as:
- Dihydroergotamine (Migranal®)
- Ergotamine (Bellamine S, Cafergot®, Ergomar®)
- Other pain medications, including narcotics or over-the-counter medications for pain.
If migraines occur frequently or are extremely severe, medication for migraine prevention is an option. Some of the medications used to prevent migraines include:
- Propranolol (Inderal®) and other beta blockers
- Divalproex sodium (Depakote®), topiramate (Topamax®), and other seizure medications
- Verapamil (Calan®, Verelan®) and other calcium channel blockers.