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Relpax Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is eletriptan (Relpax)?
- What are the possible side effects of eletriptan (Relpax)?
- What is the most important information I should know about eletriptan (Relpax)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using eletriptan (Relpax)?
- How should I use eletriptan (Relpax)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Relpax)?
- What happens if I overdose (Relpax)?
- What should I avoid while using eletriptan (Relpax)?
- What other drugs will affect eletriptan (Relpax)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using eletriptan (Relpax)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to eletriptan, or if you have:
- coronary heart disease, angina (chest pain), blood circulation problems, lack of blood supply to the heart;
- a history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke, including "mini-stroke";
- severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;
- severe liver disease;
- ischemic bowel disease; or
- a headache that seems different from your usual migraine headaches.
To make sure you can safely take eletriptan, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder; or
- coronary heart disease (or risk factors such as diabetes, menopause, smoking, being overweight, having high cholesterol, having a family history of coronary artery disease, being older than 40 and a man, or being a woman who has had a hysterectomy).
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether eletriptan will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Eletriptan can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to anyone under 18 years old.
How should I use eletriptan (Relpax)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Overuse of migraine headache medicine can actually make your headaches worse.
Take eletriptan as soon as you notice headache symptoms, or after an attack has already begun.
Your doctor may want to give your first dose of this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting to see if you have any serious side effects.
Take one eletriptan tablet whole with a full glass of water.
After taking a tablet: If your headache does not completely go away, or goes away and comes back, take a second tablet two (2) hours after the first. Do not take more than 80 mg of eletriptan in 24 hours. If your symptoms have not improved, contact your doctor before taking any more tablets.
Contact your doctor if you have more than three headaches in one month (30 days).
If you use eletriptan long-term, your doctor may want to check your heart function using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG), a machine that measures electrical activity of the heart. This will help your doctor determine if it is still safe for you to use this medication. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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