What is Eletriptan?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Relpax

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A drug used to treat the symptoms of migraine headache (severe throbbing headache that sometimes comes along with nausea and sensitivity to sound and light). It is in a class of medications called selective serotonin receptor agonists.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine 157 57
Migraine headaches 100 25
Headaches 8 2
Atypical migraine 7 1
Prevent migraine 3 0
Light sensitivity (photophobia) 2 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 18
Mild 17
None 43

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Eletriptan

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 6
Dizziness 4
Nausea and vomiting 4
Drowsiness 3
Nausea 3
Grogginess 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Eletriptan

Dosage Patients
40mg as needed 15
20mg as needed 4
20 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Eletriptan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 52
Doctor's advice 18
Other 18
Side effects too severe 18
Expense 16
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 2
Personal research 2
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Duration

Currently taking Eletriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Eletriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 56
Usually 18
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 59
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 4
$50-99 7
$25-49 7
< $25 26
Not specified 35

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Eletriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 6
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 3
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2
Topiramate (Topamax) 2

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Eletriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 6
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 4
Topiramate (Topamax) 2
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 1
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1

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7 patient evaluations for Eletriptan

Aug 18, 2013 (Started Jan 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Your doctor will tell you that this medication works best if and when taken the moment you feel a migraine is starting. I am not a Dr so when is that moment? Also, most insurance companies only cover 4 pills a month. The prescription does have rules regarding taking more... wait 2 hours before taking another tablet (two hours can be a life time), and do not take more than 80mg in 24 hours. It's not like Advil where you just keep taking it every 6 hours... The company does have a discount program to help with co-pays
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 29, 2011 (Started May 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (confusion, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Identify earliest aura symptoms and take Eletriptan early. Once the headache starts, Eletriptan can be ineffective or even encourage a worse migraine. Some early aura symptoms for me: Elation, mental fuzziness, slight headache. Avoid triggering foods (smoked meat, Splenda, etc.) as much as possible, to prevent as many migraines as possible. Get coupons from the manufacturer's website. With a coupon (reusable card), I pay $10 per month for a prescription that would otherwise cost a $40 copay.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 1, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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