Maxalt (rizatriptan) is a headache medicine that narrows the blood vessels around the brain. It is part of a class of migraine medications called 5-HT agonists. Rizatriptan reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms. Maxalt will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take Maxalt only when you have a migraine. Swallow Maxalt tablets whole with with a full glass of water, with or without food. Do not take more than 30 mg of Maxalt tablets in a 24-hour period.
Before taking Maxalt, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder, or coronary heart disease. Do not take Maxalt within 24 hours before or after using another migraine headache medicine. Do not take Maxalt if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or tranylcypromine in the past 14 days.
You should not take Maxalt if you are allergic to rizatriptan, if you have heart disease, or coronary heart disease, angina, blood circulation problems, diabetes. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
Most common side effects of Maxalt include: hives, dizziness, weakness, nausea, blurred vision, paresthesia, chest pain, dry mouth, difficulty breathing, bloody diarrhea, redness. Stop using Maxalt and call your doctor at once if you have these side effects.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially: antidepressant (fluoxetine, duloxetine, citalopram), Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (Phenelzine, Tranylcypromine), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Ergot medications (Dihydroergotamine, Pergolide). You should to tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Since Maxalt is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are headache, confusion, uneven heartbeats, blurred vision, seizure.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Store it in a tight container.
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