Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology

Maxalt 

(rizatriptan)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology
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Treats migraine headaches.

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Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.

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Risks and Warnings for Maxalt (rizatriptan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Smoking

    Some people taking Maxalt (Rizatriptan) have reported temporary chest pain, pressure, and tightness. These symptoms are caused by heart vessels being constricted/tightened. Before starting Maxalt (Rizatriptan), people who have coronary artery disease, or are more likely to have it, should talk to their doctor about having a heart health assessment.

Common concerns from people taking Maxalt (rizatriptan)

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Pain
  • wish i started taking it sooner and saved myself years of pain.
Sleep
  • I took it for migraine every time the attack came. It made me relatively sleepy, so i usually went to bed for an hour or so. After waking up usually i felt much, much better. Besides feeling sleepy, i also felt increased heart rate.