Maxalt is used in the treatment of acute migraine headache of adult patients if it comes with aura (flashing lights, wavy lines, dark spots) or without one. However, a person should not use it to prevent migraines or cluster headaches.
The use of Maxalt should be arranged according to your doctor’s prescription.
- Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water.
- The optimal schedule for taking Maxalt is three times a day (every 8 hours).
- When the symptoms of migraine appear, you should take a single dose of Maxalt. 2 hours following the first dose should pass before you take the second one. If there is only a partial response or symptoms of the migraine return the second dose may be taken. It is forbidden to take more than 30 milligrams (mg) within a 24-hour period.
If there are any questions about the use of Maxalt, you may feel free to ask your health care provider.
Maxalt refers to the pharmacological group of the selective serotonin receptor agonists. Its effect of relieving migraine headaches is maintained by narrowing dilated blood vessels in the brain.
You should take Maxalt as soon as possible, if you miss a dose. However, it is recommended to skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing shedule, if it is almost time for your next dose. It Is forbidden take 2 doses at once.
The room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) is the general storage rule for Maxalt. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Maxalt out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Only the patient for whom Rizatriptan is prescribed may use it. Do not share it with other people.
Check with your doctor, if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.
Maxalt Safety information
Maxalt is forbidden to use if:
- Any ingredient in Maxalt can evoke an allergie in your case;
- Within the past 14 dayyou have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (e.g., phenelzine), or you are taking ergot alkaloids (e.g., ergotamine);
- Within the last 24 hours you have taken another serotonin receptor agonist (e.g., sumatriptan);
- Chest pain, blood flow or heart conditions, ischemic heart disease, irregular heartbeat, stroke, or uncontrolled high blood pressure are the contradictions for using Maxalt.
If any of these applies to you,contact your doctor or health care provider right away.
- Use Maxalt with caution. It may be the cause of dizziness or drowsiness. If you take it with alcohol or certain medicines, these effects may be worse. And until you know how you react to it, abstain from driving or performing other possibly unsafe tasks.
- Preventing or reducing the number of migraine attacks that you experience is not what Maxal was intended for.
- Check with your doctor before using Maxalt, if you have a headache that is different than your usual migraine attacks.
- Maxalt may affect the blood sugar. Diabetes ptients - check blood sugar levels closely. Before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine, ask your doctor.
- Children younger than 18 years old should not use Maxalt; for this group of patients children safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: contact your doctor, if you become pregnant. The discussion of the benefits and risks of using Maxalt while you are pregnant are quite important. The content of Maxalt in breast milk is not yet known. Check with your doctor, if you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Rizatriptan. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Maxalt Side effects
If any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome check with your doctor:
- diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; fatigue; nausea; weakness.
If any of these severe side effects occur seek medical attention right away:
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); stomach pain; changes in vision; chest pain, heaviness, or pressure; cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet; bloody diarrhea; fainting or unsteadiness; fast or irregular heartbeat; pain or tightness in jaw or neck; unusual weakness.