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Maxalt is used to treat migraine. Its active substance rizatriptan benzoate is a selective agonist of 5-hydroxytryptamine 1D receptors. The medication starts to act within 30 min after intake. The medication is used to treat headache which has already started. It is not used to prevent attacks of headaches.
Dosage and direction
Take Maxalt single doses of 5 or 10 mg separated at least by two hours. A maximal daily dose of the drug is 30 mg. Do not open the blister beforehand. Do not swallow the tablet whole, do not chew it, use it as soon as you open the blister. Let the tablet dissolve slowly in your mouth. Never push the tablet through the foil.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Inform your doctor if you have high cholesterol level, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking history, family history of stroke, heart disease, obesity. Do not take more of the medication than recommended to you as you may make your headache even worse. Maxalt tablets may contain phenylalanine and should be used with cautiousness by the patients with phenylketonuria.
Maxalt cannot be administered to the patients with hypersensitivity to the drug and its components, in individuals treated with MAO inhibitors, those who have hypertension, coronary insufficiency, myocardial infarction, asymptomatic ischemia, Prinzmetal's angina, in cases of basilar and hemiplegic migraine. Adolescents under 18 years of age should not be treated by Maxalt.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects caused by Maxalt are headache, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, fatigue, abdominal pain, chest pain, palpitations, tachycardia, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, thirst, pain in the neck, stiffness, myasthenia, paresthesia (numbness or tingling on the skin), decrease in mental activity, insomnia, hyperesthesia, tremor, ataxia, anxiety, disorientation, discomfort in the throat, shortness of breath, skin flushing and itching, increased sweating, blurred vision, flushing, fainting, hypertension.
MAO inhibitors and propanolol increase blood concentrations of Maxalt. Intake of Maxalt and MAO inhibitors should be separated by at least two weeks. MAO inhibitors include rasagiline (Azilect), isocarboxazid (Marplan), selegiline (Emsam, Eldepryl), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil). Do not take Maxalt if you used other headache medications within the last 24 hours. These medications are eletriptan (Relpax), almotriptan (Axert), naratriptan (Amerge), frovatriptan (Frova), zolmitriptan (Zomig), sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet), or ergot medicine which include ergotamine (Ergostat, Cafergot, Ergomar, Ercaf, Migraine), dihydroergotamine (Migranal), methylergonovine (Methergine), ergonovine (Ergotrate), or methysergide (Insert).
This medication is taken when needed and does not have a dosing schedule.
Symptoms of overdose may be a severe headache, dizziness, sleepiness, fainting, bradycardia, vomiting, urinary incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine), shortness of breath, buzzing in your ears, uneven heartbeats.
Store between 15-30 C (59-86 F). Protect from moisture and dispensed in a tight, light-resistant container.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 24.01.2022
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