The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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Eletriptan (Relpax) for Migraine
Eletriptan hydrobromide (Relpax Pfizer) is now available in the US for oral treatment of migraine headache in adults. It is the seventh serotonin 5-HT1B/1D-receptor agonist (triptan) to be approved by the FDA for this indication. This review describes the pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, drug interactions and recommended dosage of eletriptan. Clinical trials comparing the new drug to placebo and to sumatriptan are presented. A dosage and cost table for all the triptans available in the US is also included. The review concludes with an overall assessment of eletriptan's efficacy and safety. ... more
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