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Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Maxalt tablets are recommended for pain-relief to adult patients who suffer from migraine attacks. Maxalt is a medicine used to treat acute headaches that occur during migraine attacks and contain the active ingredient Rizatriptan. Maxalt tablets offer effective pain relief.
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Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Maxalt tablets are recommended for pain-relief to adult patients who suffer from migraine attacks. Maxalt is a medicine used to treat acute headaches that occur during migraine attacks and contain the active ingredient Rizatriptan. Maxalt tablets offer effective pain relief.


Maxalt is a pain-relief medication that belongs to a group of medicines known as Triptan medications. Maxalt is an effective medication for pain-relief in severe to moderate migraine attacks. Maxalt's active ingredient is Rizatriptan that treats migraine attacks wherein medicines like analgesics such as ibuprofen or combination analgesics such as Excedrin have proven ineffective.

A prompt dose of Maxalt helps reduce headache and other symptoms of migraine, including vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light or sound. This medication cannot prevent the onset of a migraine attack or reduce migraine attacks.

Maxalt is a prescription medicine given to those suffering from migraine attacks. It is used to alleviate the headache by narrowing the blood vessels around the brain. Maxalt also reduces other symptoms associated with migraines such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sound.

Maxalt is used only to treat migraine headaches once the pain has begun. It cannot be used to prevent migraine attacks in the future or reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.

The active ingredient in Maxalt is Rizatriptan. Triptan medicines are serotonin 5-HT-Receptor agonists. These are headache relieving medicines that work by narrowing the blood vessels around the brain and reducing substances in the body that can trigger headaches, nausea and other migraine-related symptoms.

Maxalt or Rizatriptan is used to treat severe to moderate migraine attacks and the conditions resulting from it, such as headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and loud noise.

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

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

  • Maxalt 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. Maxalt 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

Maxalt 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.

Maxalt 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 thorough examination. Here are the general instructions for using Maxalt:

  1. Take the Maxalt 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 Maxalt tablets

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

  1. Take the tablets whole with a glass of water

  1. If you have been prescribed the orally disintegrating tablet (Maxalt-MLT)

  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 Maxalt tablet but returns after some time, take a second tablet two hours after the first one. Do not take more than 30mg of Maxalt 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 Maxalt 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 Maxalt, 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.

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

Maxalt 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 Maxalt for your migraine. As Maxalt works to stop migraine attacks and not prevent them, it is advisable to take your prescribed amount of Maxalt shortly after the onset of your migraine headache. You can also take it any time during a migraine attack. Usually, the recommended dose for Maxalt is as follows – 

  • Maxalt is available in 5mg and 10mg strength tablets. One dose of Maxalt 10mg may be more effective, but it also has an increased risk of side effects

  • Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you the required dose of Maxalt for your migraine

  • 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 Maxalt is 30mg in 24 hours

  • It is not advisable to take more than four doses of Maxalt in thirty days

  • For children between 6 years to 17 years of age (weighing less than 40kg) – One Maxalt 5mg dose orally in 24 hours

  • For children between 6 years to 17 years of age (weighing more than 40kg) – One Maxalt 10mg dose orally in 24 hours

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

  1. Maxalt 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 Maxalt is not suitable for children below six years of age

  1. Discuss your medical history or any existing medical conditions with your doctor before taking Maxalt tablets

Just like any other medication, some side effects have been associated with Maxalt. Medicines may affect different people in different ways. Just because a side effect is mentioned here does not mean that every person taking Maxalt 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 Maxalt 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

Even though Maxalt is an effective medicine for treating migraine, it may not be suitable for everyone. Talk to your doctor about your health, other medical conditions and on-going treatments, if any – before taking MaxaltHere are few cases wherein Maxalt is not recommended –  

  1. If you are allergic to Rizatriptan or any of the ingredients of Maxalt tablets

  1. If you have ever had heart disease, heart attack, angina, stroke, palpitations, varicose veins, blood circulation issues, or ischemic bowel disease.

  1. If you smoke, are overweight, or have any of the below-listed diseases –

  1. High blood pressure

  1. Diabetes

  1. High cholesterol

  1. Kidney or liver disease 

  1. A family history of heart disease or stroke

  1. If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding

  1. If your migraine is hemiplegic or basilar or a headache caused by other conditions

  1. If you have phenylketonuria or PKU

Yes. Maxalt tablets 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 Maxalt. Here are some medicines that should not be taken alongside Maxalt –

  • 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 (AdapinSinequan), Imipramine (Tofranil), Nortriptyline (AventylPamelor), 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 (Pristiq), Duloxetine (Cymbalta), Sibutramine (Meridia), And Venlafaxine (Effexor)

Store Maxalt 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 Maxalt safely in the UK from MedsNow online pharmacy. Check our website for the Maxalt 50mg price and other details. Place the order for the medication from the convenience of your home. Maxalt 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.

  1. How Many Maxalt Can I Take in a Day? The maximum dosage is 30mg of Maxalt tablets in 24 hours. 

  1. Can You Buy Maxalt Over the Counter? No. Maxalt is a prescription-only medicine in the UK. It cannot be bought over the counter.

  1. Does Maxalt Make You Sleepy? Usually, Maxalt pills don't make you feel sleepy or drowsy. But drowsiness is a side effect of this medication. In rare cases, people have reported feeling sleepy or drowsy after taking Maxalt tabletsWhen you take Maxalt for the first time, it is advisable to observe the effect it has on you before engaging in activities like driving or operating heavy machinery. 

  1. Is Maxalt a Painkiller? No. Maxalt is a medication for migraine headaches. It should not be taken as a painkiller for any other ailment.  

  1. How Quickly Does Maxalt Work? Maxalt contains the active ingredient Rizatriptan. It begins to take effect within thirty minutes of the first dose.  

  1. What Should You Not Take With MaxaltDo not take the following medications with Maxalt –  

  • Other Triptan medicines or ergotamine medicines 

  • NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers 

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) 

  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO-A) 

Apart from the above medications, you may continue your regular diet when taking Maxalt tablets.

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