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What is Relpax (Eletriptan) prescribed for?

Migraines are powerful headaches that often happen alongside nausea. They can last anywhere from four hours to three days, and sometimes even longer. Although Doctors are unsure as to the exact cause of the migraine, you can track it down to some triggers, such as fatigue, bright lights, weather changes, and many others. However how migraine starts is known. It is when overactive nerve cells send out signals that activate the trigeminal nerve, the nerve that supplies sensation to your head and face. Activation of the nerve causes release of certain chemicals like serotonin and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). CGRP causes blood vessels in the lining of the brain to swell. This releases neurotransmitters that create inflammation and pain.

This medication is used to treat migraines. When taken it helps to relieve the headache, pain and other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Acquiring treatment as soon as possible allows you to return to a normal routine and may decrease your need for other pain medications.

Eletriptan belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans. This medication affects a natural substance known as Serotonin, and it causes the narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. It may also relieve pain by affected certain nerves in the brain as well. Eletriptan does not prevent future migraines or lessen how often you get migraine attacks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label.  And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food, at the first sign of a migraine. Remember the dose is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. If there is no improvement, do not take more doses of this medication before speaking with your doctor first. However if your symptoms are only partly relieved, or if your headache comes back, you may take another dose two hours after the first dose

If you have a higher risk for heart problems (see Precautions), your doctor may perform a heart exam before you start taking eletriptan. He/she may also direct you to take your first dose of this medication in the office/clinic to monitor for serious side effects (such as chest pain). Talk to your doctor for details.

If you are using drugs for migraine attacks on 10 or more days each month, the drugs may actually make your headaches worse (medication overuse headache). Do not use medications more often or for longer than directed. Tell your doctor if you need to use this medication more often, or if the medication is not working as well, or if your headaches get worse.


Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Eletriptan; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history, especially if you have ever had the following; blood circulation problems (for example, in your legs, arms/hands, or stomach), certain types of headaches (hemiplegic or basilar migraine), heart problems (such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack), liver disease, seizure, stroke or "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack).

Certain conditions can increase your risk for heart problems. Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions, including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history of heart disease, overweight, smoker, postmenopausal (women), age more than 40 years (men).

Side Effects

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Dizziness may occur. Also, because this medication is an inhaled powder, you may experience increased coughing after using it. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

This medication can cause breathing problems, which in rare cases can be fatal. If you experience trouble breathing such as wheezing or shortness of breath, stop using zanamivir and get medical help right away. Zanamivir is not recommended if you have lung/breathing problems. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. However, if your doctor decides you should use zanamivir, have a quick-relief inhaled bronchodilator (such as albuterol inhaler) readily available.

The flu itself or zanamivir may rarely cause serious mental/mood changes. This may be more likely in children. Tell your doctor right away of any signs of unusual behavior, including confusion, agitation, self-injury.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What is Relpax?

This medication is used to treat migraines and helps relieve symptoms such as headache, pain, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. With treatment you may return to your normal routine, and it may even decrease the need for other pain medications. When taken, this medication affects a natural substance known as serotonin that causes the narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. Relpax may also relieve pain by affecting certain nerves in the brain. This medication comes in two different does which are 20mg and 40mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998. 


Why is Relpax so expensive?

Relpax falls in line with Medicare’s Tier 2 of their formulary. Meaning it may be a bit more expensive and Medicare may not cover all costs. However, the other option is to perhaps find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $70.00 for 6 pills.


How long does Relpax stay in your system?

This medication lasts for 24 hours after you have taken your last dose.


When does Relpax go generic?

Teva Pharmaceuticals released a generic version of Pfizer’s Relpax on July 25thin 2017.


How long does it take for Relpax to work?

Many people feel relief within 2 hours of taking this medication. Some have even stated that it began working within 30 minutes. Keep in mind however, that pain relief is measured in terms of how the headache responds, also on the severity of the headache.


How to take Relpax?

This medication is to be taken orally and can be taken with or without food. If there are no improvements to your symptoms, do not take another dose before speaking with your doctor.  However, if your symptoms are only partly relieved, or if your headache comes back, you may take another dose two hours after the first dose.

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