Maxalt

(rizatriptan)

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Treats migraine headaches.

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Triptans are first-choice for migraines. Maxalt (rizatriptan) works just as well as other triptans, but is available as a fast dissolving tablet, if you have trouble swallowing during a migraine attack.

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Quick facts about Maxalt MLT
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (rizatriptan)

Upsides

  • Maxalt (rizatriptan) is a first choice medicine to treat migraines.
  • Available as a dissolving pill, which is good if you have trouble swallowing during a migraine.
  • Comes in two different strengths.
  • Maxalt (rizatriptan) is available as generic.
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Downsides

  • You will need to lower your dose of Maxalt (rizatriptan) if you're also taking propranolol.
  • Cannot be used for migraines that occur more frequently than 4 times a month.
  • Only the 5 mg dose is safe for children who are 6 years of age and weighing more than 88 pounds.
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How it works

Maxalt (rizatriptan) is a triptan, which stops migraines by preventing the opening of blood vessels in your brain.

Quick facts about Maxalt MLT
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (rizatriptan)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Dissolving Tablet
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What to expect when you take Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine headache

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  • Possible side effects
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Increased blood pressure
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Side effect rates for Maxalt (rizatriptan)

From 1604 clinical trials of Maxalt MLT when taken for migraine headache (5mg)
  • Nervous system complaints
    14%14%
    11%11%
  • Stomach complaints
    9%9%
    8%8%
  • General pain and pressure sensation
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Unusual sensations
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Nausea
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Dizziness
    4%4%
    5%5%
  • Sleepiness
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Weakness or fatigue
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Dry mouth
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Chest pain or tightness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Neck or throat pain or tightness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Headache
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Risks and Warnings for Maxalt (rizatriptan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart disease
    • history of chest pain/angina
    • uncontrolled high blood pressure

    People who have heart disease or chest pain shouldn't take Maxalt (rizatriptan) because it can increase the risk for heart attacks even more. Heart attack can feel like pain in the chest, jaw, neck or throat. Talk to your doctor first to see if you can take Maxalt (rizatriptan).

Common concerns from people taking Maxalt (rizatriptan)

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Sleep
  • Maxalt (rizatriptan) can make you dizzy or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.