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Rizatriptan (Maxalt)- Uses And Side Effects

What is Rizatriptan (Maxalt)?

Rizatriptan (Maxalt) is a kind of headache medicine that is used to treat migraine. Rizatriptan (Maxalt) narrows the blood vessels of the brain. Rizatriptan (Maxalt) also helps in reducing substances in the body that can trigger headache sensitivity to light, pain, nausea, sound, and other migraine symptoms.

Rizatriptan (Maxalt) is serotonin (a neurotransmitter) (5-HT) 1B/1D receptor agonist (triptan) indicated for the treatment of acute migraine with or without aura in adults and in pediatric patients, 6 to 17 years of age.

Rizatriptan (Maxalt) should not remove a common tension headache, a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of the body, or any other headache that is different from usual migraine headaches. This medication can be used only if the condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches.

Mechanism of action of Rizatriptan (Maxalt)

Three distinct medical actions have been implicated in the antimigraine effect of the Rizatriptan (Maxalt):

  •    Rizatriptan (Maxalt) stimulates the presynaptic 5-HT1D receptors, which serves to stop both dural vasodilation and inflammation.
  •    Rizatriptan (Maxalt) directly inhibits the trigeminal nuclei cell excitability via 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonism in the brainstem.
  •    Vascular 5-HT1B receptor agonism results in vasoconstriction of meningeal, dural, cerebral, or pial vessels.
  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt) works by narrowing blood vessels in the brain, stopping pain signals from being sent to the brain via blood vessels, and blocking the release of certain natural substances that cause pain, and other symptoms of migraine. Rizatriptan is not able to prevent migraine attacks or can not reduce the number of headaches.

    Some of the positive highlights of Rizatriptan (Maxalt)

    •    Rizatriptan (Maxalt) can relieve migraine headaches quickly.
    •    People don't need to drink water with the dissolvable tablet of Rizatriptan (Maxalt) for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down or have problems swallowing when suffering from migraine.
    •    Rizatriptan (Maxalt) can be used by children ages 6-17 years old.
    •    Rizatriptan (Maxalt) is available as a lower-cost generic.

What are the side effects of Rizatriptan (Maxalt)?

With any medication for any disease, there are some risks and some benefits. Even if the medication is working properly, a patient may experience some unwanted side effects.

Contact Specialty Care Clinic immediately if you experience any of the following:

  •    Heart attack: Heart attack is one of the major side effects of Rizatriptan (Maxalt).In a heart attack, the patient feels cold sweat, pain, tightness, pressure in the chest, nausea or vomiting, feeling like you're going to pass out, and feeling out of breath.
  •    Stroke: Stroke is also a side effect of Rizatriptan (Maxalt). In stroke, the patient feels numbness or weakness typically on one side of the body, confusion, severe headache, loss of balance, and dizziness.
  •    Serotonin syndrome: Serotonin syndrome is a side effect of Rizatriptan (Maxalt). Agitation, hallucination, fast heartbeat, nausea, or vomiting are symptoms of serotonin syndrome.
  •    Serious blood vessel problems: Excess use of Rizatriptan (Maxalt) can cause serious blood vessels problems which include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach pain, eye problems, numbness or coldness of hands and feet
  •    Increase Blood pressure: Rizatriptan (Maxalt) can raise blood pressure. An increased blood pressure situation is especially dangerous for people who already have high blood pressure. Monitor the blood pressure while on this medication to make sure that it's within normal range.

Some common side effects may get better over time as your body gets used to the medication. That side effects are-

  •    Sleepiness
  •    Tiredness
  •    Dizziness
  •    Pain or pressure in the chest or sore throat problem
  •    Dry mouth
  •    Tingling or prickling feeling
  •    Headache
  •    Nausea

Let the Specialty Care Clinic doctor know immediately if anyone continues to experience these symptoms or if they worsen over time.


Key takeaways

  •    Rizatriptan (Maxalt) medications are the go-to options for treating moderate to severe migraines after headache symptoms have started.
  •    Seven triptans for migraine are available in the U.S. with a prescription. Three of the most common are zolmitriptan, sumatriptan, and rizatriptan.
  •    There are many reasons to use triptan medications. Many options are available as lower-cost generics and have savings opportunities. Specialty Care Clinic helps you to take the prescription more affordable.

Note- Rizatriptan (Maxalt) medicine is available only with the doctor's prescription.

Many people find that their headaches vanish completely after they take Rizatriptan (Maxalt). Other people find that their headaches are much less painful and that they are able to do their normal activities even though their headaches are not completely gone. Rizatriptan (Maxalt) also relieves other symptoms that occur together with a migraine headache, such as nausea, sensitivity to light, vomiting, and sensitivity to sound.

Rizatriptan (Maxalt) is not an ordinary pain reliever. This medicine is usually used for people whose headaches are not relieved by other pain relievers like acetaminophen, aspirin, etc.

We Specialty Care Clinics help you to understand the mechanism of Rizatriptan (Maxalt) and provide you with the best medications for migraine and the best outcome from the medications. If anyone of you has migraine and headache problems or need consultation on the uses of Rizatriptan (Maxalt), connect with us at 469-545-9983.