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Maxalt or rizatriptan is a triptan, a prescription medication that is used in alleviating moderate to severe migraine attacks. Triptans may also be used for the treatment of milder migraines that are not responsive to more simple analgesics such as ibuprofen, or a combination analgesics such as Excedrin.

This medication is not licensed or appropriate for use in patients aged 65 and over.

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Maxalt or rizatriptan is a triptan, a prescription medication that is used in alleviating moderate to severe migraine attacks. Triptans may also be used for the treatment of milder migraine attacks that are not responsive to more simple analgesics such as ibuprofen, or a combination analgesics such as Excedrin.

Maxalt helps to relieve a headache, pain, and other symptoms of a migraine, including vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to light or sound.  Prompt treatment helps a person return to normal routine, decreasing the need for other pain medications.

Maxalt does not prevent future migraines or lessen migraine attacks.

Maxalt works by binding with 5-HT1B/1D receptors on blood vessels in the brain. It constricts or narrows the blood vessels in the brainstem. It reduces the inflammatory substances in the body that trigger head pain, nausea, and sensitivity to sound or light, and other migraine symptoms. Maxalt works best when taken as soon as migraine symptoms begin to appear.

The main benefit of taking Maxalt is the relief of the symptoms of a migraine headache. It effectively helps a person return to the normal routine without the need to take other pain medications.

Maxalt Tablets

Maxalt is available in tablet form. There is a tablet that can be swallowed and there is the orally disintegrating tablet that dissolves on the tongue. The orally disintegrating tablet is appealing to people with difficulty swallowing pills.

It is best to take Maxalt at the onset of a migraine when it is most effective.

Take Maxalt by mouth as directed by your doctor at the first sign of a migraine. It may be taken with a meal but it works faster when taken on an empty stomach. The dosage of this medication is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and the other drugs you may be taking. The dosage for children is based on body weight. Tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking before you start taking Maxalt.

If you do not observe any improvements in your symptoms, do not take more doses of Maxalt. Talk to your doctor immediately. If your symptoms are partly relieved, or if your headache comes back, you may take another dose two hours after you took the last dose. Children should not be administered more than one dose, or 5 mg in a 24-hour period. The maximum dose for an adult is 30 mg in a 24-hour period.

Your doctor may perform a heart exam before you are prescribed this medicine if you have a higher risk of heart problems. Your doctor may direct you to take the first dose of this medicine in the office or clinic to minor you for serious side effects.

Using drugs for migraine attacks on 10 more days each month may make your headaches worse. Do not use the medication more often or for longer than directed.

Adults are usually instructed to take a 5 mg or 10 mg single dose of Maxalt, with repeat doses separated by at least 2 hours. The maximum dose for an adult is 30 mg in a 24-hour period.

Maxalt 10mg

Children from age 6 to 17 who weigh less than 88 pounds should take a 5 mg single dose, while children weighing 88 pounds or more can take 10 mg. the maximum dose for children is a single dose.

Your doctor prescribed this medication because of the belief that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of serious side effects. Not everyone who uses this medication experiences the side effects.

While taking Maxalt, flushing, tiredness, feelings of tingling, weakness, dizziness or drowsiness may occur. If any of these side effects persist or gets worse, report to your doctor immediately.

Maxalt may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and report to the doctor if the readings are high.

Inform your doctor immediately if you have any serious side effects, such as blue fingers/toes/nails, mental or mood changes, and hearing changes.

Maxalt can commonly cause tightness in the chest or jaw, or pain and pressure that is not usually serious. These side effects are similar to the symptoms of a heart attack. Get medical help right away if you experience these or other serious side effects such as fast or irregular heartbeat, severe stomach or abdominal pain, fainting, bloody diarrhoea, or signs of a stroke.

Maxalt rarely causes a very serious allergic reaction. However, get medical help immediately if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including rash, severe dizziness, itching or swelling of the face/tongue/throat, or trouble breathing.

Before you start using Maxalt, tell your doctor if you have an allergy to it, or if you have other forms of allergies. Maxalt may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other problems.

Tell your doctor your medical history before you start taking Maxalt, especially problems with blood circulation, certain types of headaches, or heart problems.

Certain conditions can increase your risk for heart problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, overweight, smoker, postmenopausal, or if you are a man who is over 40 years old.

Maxalt may make you drowsy or dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana use can make it worse. Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform any other task that requires alertness until you are sure that you can do it safely. Talk to your doctor if you are a marijuana user.

Maxalt should be used during pregnancy only when clearly necessary. Discuss the benefit and risks with your doctor.

It is not known if this medicine passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before you decide to breastfeed.

Drug interactions may alter the way your medicines work or increase their side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all medications and natural products you are currently using before you start taking Maxalt. Do not start, top, or modify the dosage of any medicine without getting first the approval of your doctor.

Taking MAO inhibitors with this medicine may cause a serious, even fatal, drug interaction. Wait for two weeks after stopping the use of MAO inhibitors before you start taking Maxalt.

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