Amerge (naratriptan) is a selective serotonin receptor agonist or triptan. Migraine headaches happen when blood vessels are too open and allow too much blood in the brain. Amerge (naratriptan) tightens the blood vessels which relieves the pain.
Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.
› Amerge (naratriptan) is a good alternative to other triptans since it's less likely to cause side effects and if other triptans haven't worked for you.
› Available as a generic, which makes it cheaper than other medicines and is more likely to be covered by insurances.
› Amerge (naratriptan) comes in two different strengths.
› Triptans like Maxalt (Rizatriptan) are considered the first-choice treatment to relieve moderate to severe migraine-type headaches.
› It can also be used to treat tension-type headaches.
› Not all triptans work the same way for people, so you can try multiple ones to find the right medication for you.
› You don't need to drink water with the orally disintegrating tablet for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down when they have a migraine.
Downsides and risks
› Amerge (naratriptan) is only available as a pill that must be swallowed, so it might not be good if you have trouble swallowing when you have a migraine.
› Unlike other migraine medications, you have to wait for 4 hours before you can take the second dose of Amerge (naratriptan).
› Amerge (naratriptan) is not as good as other medications for treating nausea that can happen with migraines.
› Maxalt (Rizatriptan) doesn’t prevent migraines or tension headaches, but only works once the headache starts.
› It can cause rebound headaches if it’s used too often.
› You need to wait at least 2 hours after your first dose to take a second dose.
› May not be the best choice if you have long, drawn-out headaches. Ask your doctor about other triptans that can last longer than Maxalt (Rizatriptan).
› Not a good choice if you have heart disease or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Amerge (naratriptan) can only treat a migraine that's already happening. Amerge (naratriptan) doesn't prevent migraines.
› Take Amerge (naratriptan) at the first sign of a migraine. You can take another dose if you don't feel better after 4 hours. Don't take more than two doses every 24 hours.
› Amerge (naratriptan) can make you feel dizzy or tired when you first start taking it. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
› If you finish the entire month's supply of Amerge (naratriptan) before it's time for your next refill, or if you have more than 4 migraines a month, talk to your doctor to see if you should try something else.
› Amerge (naratriptan) can cause nausea or tightness in the chest or throat. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.
› Take Maxalt (Rizatriptan) as soon as you feel you’re getting a headache or experience warning signs like being sensitive to light or sound.
› If you're taking other medicines to control your headaches (like propranolol), the dose of Maxalt (Rizatriptan) will be different.
› Let your doctor know if your headaches don’t go away after taking [name-common] or if you have more than 4 migraines per month.
› It’s available in two different dosage forms, a tablet you take by mouth and an orally disintegrating tablet (Maxalt-MLT) you place on your tongue to let it dissolve.
› Lie down in a dark room after taking Maxalt (Rizatriptan) to help ease pain. Ask your doctor about other medicines that can help prevent your headaches.