Relpax Precautions and Warnings
Relpax Precautions and Warnings: an introduction
Relpax can interact with other medicines or health conditions you may have. It’s important to know all of the medicines, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter medicines that you or your family member takes. Use the migraine journal to keep a list of all medicines to share with your doctor. Only your doctor can prescribe prescription medicines for you. Do not stop taking any medicine without speaking to your doctor.
You should not take Relpax if you have:
- Ischemic heart disease (such as chest pain, history of heart attack, or stroke)
- Coronary artery vasospasm (blood vessels constricting in the heart)
- Cerebrovascular syndromes including strokes of any type as well as mini strokes
- Peripheral vascular disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs or feet
- Ischemic bowel disease (lack of oxygen to the bowel)
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Hemiplegic migraine (migraine with stroke-like symptoms of extreme muscular weakness or paralysis)
- Basilar migraine (migraine with throbbing pain at the back of the head)
- Sensitivity to eletriptan or any of its inactive ingredients
- Severe liver impairment
Relpax is not recommended for you if you have taken another migraine medicine such as triptans or those containing ergotamine, an ergot-type medicine, or another 5-HT1agonist (such as Cafergot) within the last 24 hours.
Relpax Use in Children
The safety and effectiveness of Relpax tablets in people under 18 years of age have not been established. Therefore, Relpax tablets are not recommended for use in people under 18 years of age.
Relpax Use in Elderly Patients
Although there were no apparent differences in the effectiveness of Relpax or the amount of side effects between patients under 65 years of age and those 65 and above, Relpax may increase blood pressure in elderly people and should be used with caution.
In the elderly, Relpax has been given to only 50 patients in clinical trials. Blood pressure increased more in elderly patients than in young people. In clinical trials, there were no differences in how effective the medicine was or the amount of side effects between patients under 65 years of age and those 65 and above. However, Relpax dissolves more slowly in people 65 to 93 years of age compared to people18 to 45 years of age. Relpax should be used with caution in the elderly.
You should not take Relpax if you have certain types of:
- Heart disease
- History of stroke
- Transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke)
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
Very rarely, certain people, even some without heart disease, have had serious heart-related problems. Talk to your doctor if you have risk factors for heart disease such as smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Relpax and Drug Abuse and Dependence
Although the abuse potential of Relpax has not been studied, no abuse of, tolerance to, withdrawal from, or drug-seeking behavior was seen in people who took Relpax in clinical trials. The triptans, as a class, have not been associated with drug abuse.
Relpax and Alcohol
The effects of alcohol on how well Relpax works has not been studied.
Remember: Mixing alcohol and medicines puts you at risk for dangerous reactions. Protect yourself by avoiding alcohol if you are taking a medicine and don’t know its effect. To learn more about a medicine and whether it will interact with alcohol, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.