5.3/ 7 average rating with 26 reviewsforMaxalt

Maxalt
Alternatives

(Rizatriptan)

Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Prescription only

Amerge (naratriptan)

Prescription only
1 of 8 alternatives
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.

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • Pill
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Reviews
26 
81%
think this treatment is worth it
62%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Maxalt (Rizatriptan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
6possible side effects
  • Stomach problems
    6%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Nervous system issues
    4%
  • Unusual sensation
    2%
  • Fatigue or uneasiness
    2%
  • Pain and pressure sensation
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Tightening of blood vessels (myocardial angina, ischemia, or infarction)

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)

    Phenylketonuria (PKU)

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  • Heart attack

    Heart disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of a stroke

  • Medication overuse headache

    Using Amerge (naratriptan) for more than 10 days a month

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Tricyclic antidepressants

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Increased blood pressure

    Uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • Blood vessel issues

    High blood pressure

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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