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Maxalt
(Rizatriptan)

Zomig
(Zolmitriptan)

Treats migraine headaches. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Antimigraine
Triptan
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Migraine (Acute)
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
    • Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs
    • History of high blood pressure
    • History of seizures
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
    Detailed Maxalt (Rizatriptan) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
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    Food
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    Kidneys and liver
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    Sleep
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    Weight
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    Upsides and benefits
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    • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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