Compare Maxalt vs. Amerge

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Maxalt
(rizatriptan)

Amerge
(naratriptan)

Treats migraine headaches. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.Treats migraine headaches. Amerge (naratriptan) isn't as good as other similar medications for migraines, but can be good if other drugs haven't worked for you.
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Reviews for Maxalt
81%
of people (All ages) say Maxalt is worth it
62%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Maxalt side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Maxalt »
  • Stomach problems 1%
  • Nervous system issues 1%
  • Unusual sensation 1%
  • Fatigue or uneasiness 1%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Pain & pressure in throat or neck 1%
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How it works
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Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.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.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
MaxaltAmerge
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
Used for
MaxaltAmerge
Risk factors for serious side effects
MaxaltAmerge
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
Detailed Maxalt (rizatriptan) risks & warnings »
  • Heart disease
  • history of chest pain/angina
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • History of a stroke
  • Using Amerge (naratriptan) for more than 10 days a month
Detailed Amerge (naratriptan) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Upsides and benefits
MaxaltAmerge
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
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  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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