Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Rizatriptan is a medication which comes under the selective serotonin receptor agonists. Rizatriptan is recommended for the treatment of migraine headaches, severe throbbing headaches and nausea caused by sensitivity to light and sound.
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Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Rizatriptan is a medication which comes under the selective serotonin receptor agonists. Rizatriptan is recommended for the treatment of migraine headaches, severe throbbing headaches and nausea caused by sensitivity to light and sound.


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Rizatriptan is a selective serotonin receptor agonist medication used to treat migraine headaches and other symptoms associated with the condition. It is an effective pain-relief medicine for severe to moderate migraine attacks. Rizatriptan helps treat migraine attacks wherein medicines like analgesics such as ibuprofen or combination analgesics such as Excedrin have proven ineffective.

Rizatriptan reduces headaches and other migraine symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light or sound. This medication cannot prevent the onset of a migraine attack or reduce migraine attacks.

Rizatriptan is a prescription medication used to treat migraine attacks and relieve headache, pain, and other migraine symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light/sound. Taking a dose of Rizatriptan promptly, at the onset of a migraine headache, can offer quick relief and decrease the need for other pain medications.

It is essential to note that Rizatriptan helps stop a migraine attack after it has begun and you have begun to experience the symptoms. This medication cannot prevent future migraine attacks or reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.

Rizatriptan belongs to a group of medicines known as serotonin-receptor agonists or Triptans. Triptan medications stimulate the brain receptors of the naturally occurring substance serotonin. When you take Rizatriptan, these brain receptors are stimulated, and the blood vessels around the brain are narrowed. It blocks the pain signals and the release of substances that can cause a migraine in the human body.

Rizatriptan effectively stops the throbbing pain, nausea and other severe migraine symptoms to offer pain relief.

Rizatriptan tablets are an effective medication to relieve migraine symptoms, such as throbbing headache with or without aura. There are various benefits of taking Rizatriptan. Some of them are listed below:

  • Rizatriptan provides long-lasting relief from migraine and related problems such as headaches, nausea, feeling sick, sensitivity to sound and light, etc.

  • Rizatriptan provides relief within half an hour of taking the tablet.

  • Migraine attacks can be a debilitating condition that interferes with your ability to go about your day-to-day work. Rizatriptan helps you to cope with the symptoms of a migraine attack.

  • Knowing that an effective remedy for coping with migraine is at hand can help you feel more confident and allows you to live your life to the fullest.

Rizatriptan is a prescription medicine for migraines, and you should follow the directions given by your doctor or pharmacists when using the medication. Also, make sure you read the information given in the patient information leaflet available in the pack.  

Rizatriptan pills are recommended exclusively for migraine headaches and should not be taken for any other kind of headache or pain relief. This medication should only be prescribed to those people who have been diagnosed with migraine after a thorough examination. Here are the general instructions for using Rizatriptan.

  1. Take the Rizatriptan pill as soon as you experience migraine symptoms.

  1. You can take this medication with or without food.

  1. If you have been prescribed the regular Rizatriptan (Rizatriptan) tablets:

  1. Please take out the tablet only when you need to take it and not before. 

  1. Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water

  1. If you have been prescribed the orally disintegrating tablet (Rizatriptan Melt wafer)

  1. Take the tablet out of the blister pack carefully.

  1. Remember to open the pack by peeling the foil back.

  1. Do not attempt to push the tablet through the foil, as this may damage the tablet.

  1. Remove the tablet with clean and dry hands.

  1. Place the tablet on your tongue and allow it to dissolve slowly.

  1. Do not chew or bite the tablet. If needed, drink a glass of water or juice to help swallow the dissolved tablet.

  1. For Adults – If your headache goes away after taking one Rizatriptan tablet but returns after some time, take a second tablet two hours after the first one. Do not take more than 30mg of Rizatriptan in one day, i.e. 24 hours. If your symptoms do not improve even after taking the second dose, consult your doctor.

  1. For Children (Six years of age and older) – If your headache goes away after taking one Rizatriptan tablet but returns after some time, consult your doctor before taking any other medication.

  1. If your headache does not go away after the first dose of Rizatriptan, consult your doctor.

  1. Do not consume more than the recommended dose without seeking your doctor's advice.

  1. If you have more than four headaches within 30 days, talk to your doctor for a medication change.

Rizatriptan can raise your blood pressure. When taking Rizatriptan, check your blood pressure often, and if advised by your doctor, get your heart function also checked.

Rizatriptan is a prescription-only medicine, and so it is advisable to follow the dosage as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you the required dose of Rizatriptan for your migraine. As Rizatriptan works to stop migraine attacks and not prevent them, it is advisable to take your prescribed amount of Rizatriptan shortly after the onset of your migraine headache. You can also take it any time during a migraine attack. Usually, the recommended dose for Rizatriptan is as follows.

  • Rizatriptan is available in 10mg tablets. The recommended dose for adults 18 years old and above is 10mg of Rizatriptan.

  • If there is a response to the first dose and your headache feels better, but it comes back after some time, another dose may be taken after two hours.

  • The maximum dose of Rizatriptan is 20mg in 24 hours.

  • If there is no relief from migraine symptoms after the first dose, it is not advisable to take two doses of Rizatriptan for one migraine attack.

Rizatriptan tablets are an effective remedy to cope with migraine symptoms. However, before you take Rizatriptan, here are some essential facts about this medication to keep in mind:

  1. Rizatriptan is a medicine that should only be given to people who are accurately diagnosed with migraine – and not as a pain-relief medication for any other ailment.

  1. If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding, let your doctor know.

  1. Rizatriptan is not suitable for children and adolescents below eighteen years of age.

  1. Discuss your medical history or any existing medical conditions with your doctor before taking Rizatriptan tablets. Let them know if you:

  1. Are above 65 years of age

  1. Have heart problems such as angina or have had a heart attack in the past

  1. Have hypertension (high blood pressure)

  1. Have blood circulation problems

  1. Have kidney or liver diseases

  1. Have had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke.

  1. Have had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

  1. Are taking any other medicines, or are undergoing any treatment.

  1. Are taking any herbal or over-the-counter medicines.

Just like any other medication, some side effects have been associated with Rizatriptan. Medicines may affect different people in different ways. Just because a side effect is mentioned here does not mean that every person taking Rizatriptan will experience the side effect. Also, to be noted, this is not a comprehensive list of side effects.

Some of the common side effects (affecting between 1 and 100 people) associated with Rizatriptan are:

  • Upset stomach/vomiting

  • Diarrhoea

  • Muscle pain or cramps

  • Drowsiness or fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Tremors

  • Hot flashes

  • Dry mouth

Other uncommon side effects affecting 1 in 1000 or fewer people are:

  • Bloody diarrhoea

  • Lightheadedness

  • Cold sweat

  • Feeling of tightness, pressure, pain, or heaviness in the chest, throat, neck, or jaw

  • Irregular or pounding heartbeat

  • Weakness or numbness in any of your limbs

  • Sudden and severe stomachache

  • Pain, burning sensation, or tingling sensation in the hands or feet

  • Difficulty in breathing or swallowing

  • Paleness or blueness in the fingers or toes

  • Itching or rash

  • Swelling in the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs

  • Changes in vision

Rizatriptan may interact with some other medications that you are taking to reduce their effectiveness and vice versa. Talk to your doctor about any medicines you are taking to ensure that none of the medicines interacts negatively with Rizatriptan. Here are some medications that should not be taken alongside Rizatriptan:

  • Other selective serotonin receptor agonists:

  • Almotriptan (Axert) 

  • Eletriptan (Relpax)

  • Naratriptan (Amerge)

  • Sumatriptan (Imitrex in Treximet)

  • Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

  • Any of the below listed monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) inhibitor:

  • Isocarboxazid (Marplan)

  • Phenelzine (Parnate)

  • Tranylcypromine (Nardil)

  • Nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, or herbal products

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

  • Antidepressants such as  - Amitriptyline (Elavil), Amoxapine (Asendin), Clomipramine (Anafranil), Desipramine (Norpramin), Doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan), Imipramine (Tofranil), Nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), Protriptyline (Vivactil), and Trimipramine (Surmontil)

  • Aspirin

  • Other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn); Propranolol (Inderal)

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Citalopram (Celexa), Escitalopram (Lexapro), Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, In Symbyax), Fluvoxamine, Paroxetine (Paxil), and Sertraline (Zoloft)

  • Selective serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as Desvenlafaxine (Pristi

Store Rizatriptan in a cool, dry place away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep all the medicines out of sight and reach of children.

You can buy Rizatriptan safely in the UK from MedsNow online pharmacy. Check our website for the Rizatriptan price and other details. Place the order for the medication from the convenience of your home. Rizatriptan UK is a prescription-only medication. You can also take an online consultation with our doctors or pharmacists before buying the drug. The medication is delivered to your doorstep.

Is it Safe to Use Rizatriptan Whilst Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
Research has shown that taking Rizatriptan whilst pregnant or breastfeeding poses a very low risk to the fetus or newborn baby. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and are rendered unable to complete your daily tasks due to migraine, Rizatriptan is a relatively safe treatment for you. But this medicine is to be used with caution and avoided altogether during pregnancy or lactation as far as possible.

Is it Safe to Use Rizatriptan Whilst Taking Other Medication?
Discuss your medication with your doctor to ensure that Rizatriptan does not interact with it. If your doctor advises that it is safe, you can continue your medication as usual.

Is it Safe to Drive or Operate Machinery after Taking Rizatriptan?
It is recommended that you avoid driving or operating heavy machinery after taking Rizatriptan.

How Long Does it Take to Work?
Rizatriptan offers relief within 30 minutes of taking the first dose.

Can I Take Painkillers With Rizatriptan?
If your first dose has not provided any relief from migraine symptoms for two hours, you can take pain-relief medicines such as aspirin, paracetamols, and NSAIDs.

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