What is Relpax
Relpax is a medicine that is effective for treating migraine headaches. It will only treat a headache that has already begun. Relpax refers to a class of medications called selective serotonin receptor agonists and works by reducing swelling of blood vessels in the brain, stopping pain signals from being sent to the brain and blocking the release of certain natural substances that cause pain, nausea and other symptoms of migraine.
Side effects of Relpax
Side effects of Relpax may include:
- upset stomach;
- dry mouth;
- stomach pain or cramps.
But if you have any of these serious symptoms it is necessary to visit your doctor immediately:
- tightness, pain, pressure or heaviness in the chest, throat, neck and jaw;
- slow or difficult speech;
- dizziness or faintness;
- weakness or numbness of an arm or leg;
- severe stomach pain;
- bloody diarrhea;
- rapid, pounding or irregular heartbeat;
- difficulty breathing;
- paleness or blue color of the fingers and toes;
- pain, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet.
Relpax is effective for treating migraine headaches. It will only treat a headache that has already begun.
Before using Relpax you should inform your doctor if you have:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder;
- 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).
You should not take this medication 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;
- a headache that seems different from your usual migraine headaches.
The usual dosage of Relpax is 20 mg or 40 mg.