Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods
|May Be Beneficial: Depletion or interference—This medication may deplete these substances from the body or interfere with how they work; extra intake may help replenish them.||
|May Be Beneficial: Side effect reduction and/or prevention—These substances may help reduce the likelihood and/or severity of a potential side effect caused by the medication.||
|May Be Beneficial: Supportive interaction—These substances may help this medication work better.||
|Avoid: Reduces drug effectiveness—When taking this medication, avoid these substances as they may decrease the medication's absorption and/or activity in the body.||
|Avoid: Adverse interaction—When taking this medication, avoid these substances, as the combination may cause undesirable or dangerous interactions.||
|Check: Explanation needed—When taking this medication, read the article details and discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist before taking these substances.||
Interactions with Vitamins
5-HTP and L-tryptophan
Triptans work by stimulating serotonin receptors in the brain. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) and L-tryptophan are converted to serotonin in the brain, and taking them with eletriptan could increase eletriptan-induced side effects. However, no interactions have yet been reported with eletriptan and 5-HTP or L-tryptophan.
Interactions with Foods & Other Compounds
Though food does not significantly interfere with the overall effectiveness of triptans, it may slow the onset of action of sumatriptan and rizatriptan. Therefore, these drugs are best taken on an empty stomach. However, taking eletriptan with a high-fat meal increases overall absorption of the drug.1
1. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Facts and Comparisons[online] 2007 [cited 2007 Feb]. Available from http://www.factsandcomparisons.com.
Last Review: 08-17-2011
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