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Rizatriptan

Rizatriptan

Description

Rizatriptan is used to reduce the symptoms of migraine headaches. It inhibits the substances that cause headaches and sensitivity to sound and light. It does not help in the prevention and reduction of frequent attacks of a migraine headache.

WHAT IS RIZATRIPTAN (MAXALT, MAXALT-MLT)?

Rizatriptan is a headache medicine that narrows the blood vessels around the brain. Rizatriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms.

Rizatriptan is used to treat migraine headaches. Rizatriptan will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.

Rizatriptan should not be used to treat a common tension headache, a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of your body, or any headache that seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches. Use this medicine only if your condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches.

Rizatriptan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How is this medicine (Rizatriptan Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine (rizatriptan tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

For all patients taking this medicine (rizatriptan tablets):

Take with or without food.

Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

Take with liquids as early as you can after the attack has started.

Adults:

If your headache comes back after the first dose, 1 more dose may be taken 2 hours after the first one.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

This medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to rizatriptan or any ingredients of this medication
  • do not have a clear diagnosis of migraine
  • have angina (chest pain), including Prinzmetal's angina (coronary vasospasm)
  • have blood vessel disease (e.g., ischemic bowel disease, Raynaud's syndrome)
  • have certain types of migraine headaches (including hemiplegic, ophthalmoplegic, or basilar migraine)
  • have had a heart attack
  • have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • have heart disease (e.g., atherosclerosis, heart valve disease, abnormal heart rhythms, congenital heart disease)
  • have high blood pressure that is severe or not under control
  • have severely reduced liver function
  • have taken another 5-hydroxytryptamine agonist (i.e., almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan) in the previous 24 hours
  • have taken any medications belonging to the class of medications known as MAO inhibitors (see "What other drugs could interact with this medication?" below) in the previous 2 weeks
  • have taken an ergotamine-containing or ergot-type medication (such as dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, or methysergide) in the previous 24 hours
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