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.
What Is Relpax?Relpax® (eletriptan hydrobromide) is a prescription medication that is used to treat migraine headaches. It will not help to prevent migraines, but it can help to treat a migraine that has already started.
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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.
EffectsIn 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.
When and How to Take RelpaxSome general considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- It should be taken by mouth as soon as possible once a migraine starts.
- Swallow Relpax tablets whole with a drink of water or other fluid.
- If your headache comes back or does not go away, your healthcare provider may recommend taking a second dose after waiting at least two hours after the first dose. Let your healthcare provider know if Relpax does not completely work after one dose.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.