Eletriptan is used to treat migraines when they occur. It helps to relieve headaches, pain, and other symptoms of migraines, including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light/sound. Prompt treatment allows you to get back to your normal routine and may decrease your need for other pain medications. Eletriptan does not prevent future migraines or reduce how often you may get a migraine.
Eletriptan belongs to a group of drugs called "triptans." Migraines are thought to occur when certain blood vessels in the brain become swollen (dilated). This drug works by helping blood vessels in the brain to return to normal size. It may also block pain signals in the brain.
How To Use
Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist before you start using eletriptan and each time you get a refill. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Your dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, at the first sign of a migraine as directed by your doctor. If there is no improvement in your symptoms, do not take any more doses of this medication before talking to your doctor. If your symptoms are only partly relieved, or if your headache comes back, you may take a second dose after 2 hours or as directed by your doctor. Do not take more than 80 milligrams in a 24-hour period. For the Canadian product: according to the drug manufacturer, do not take more than 40 milligrams in a 24 hour period.
If you have certain conditions that increase your risk of heart disease and you have never taken this medication before, you may need to be monitored for rare but serious side effects (e.g., chest pain) when you take the first dose. Your doctor may ask you to take the first dose in the office. See Precautions section for more information.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.