Maxalt (Rizatriptan) Customer Reviews


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Rizatriptan is indicated for the treatment of migraines. It effectively alleviates headache, pain, and other associated symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. The medication’s timely administration helps you return to your normal routine and may decrease your need for other pain medications.

Rizatriptan is classified as a triptan medication, operating through modulation of the serotonin neurotransmitter, which is responsible for the constriction of blood vessels within the brain. It may also provide pain relief through its influence on certain brain nerves.

Uses and Dosage

Rizatriptan is available as both a tablet and a disintegrating tablet, to be taken orally. It is recommended to be taken as soon as the initial symptoms of a migraine headache appear.

In the event that your symptoms improve following the administration of rizatriptan, but recur after 2 or more hours, you may consider taking a second tablet. In instances where your symptoms do not improve following the first dose, it is not advised to take a second tablet without consulting your healthcare provider.

Your healthcare provider will provide guidance regarding the maximum number of tablets that may be taken within a 24-hour period. Adhere to the instructions listed on the packaging or the prescription label, and seek clarification from your physician or pharmacist with regard to any uncertainties. Do not exceed the recommended dose or frequency of administration, as stated on the label or prescribed by your physician.

The first dose of rizatriptan may be taken in a medical facility or physician’s office where a healthcare professional can supervise for any severe reactions.

To use the orally disintegrating tablet, use dry hands to peel back the foil packaging. Place the tablet on your tongue and allow it to dissolve, before swallowing it with your saliva. No additional water is necessary for the consumption of disintegrating tablets.

If your headaches do not improve or occur with greater frequency after the administration of rizatriptan, contact your healthcare provider.

The use of rizatriptan for an extended period or in excess of the recommended frequency may lead to the worsening of headaches or an increase in their frequency. It is not recommended to take rizatriptan or any other headache medication for more than ten days per month.

Contact your healthcare provider if the need to take rizatriptan to treat more than four headaches arises within a one-month period.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • tremors
  • flushing (feeling of warmth)
  • dry mouth

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • tightness, pain, pressure, or heaviness in the chest, throat, neck, or jaw
  • rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • breaking out in a cold sweat
  • lightheadedness
  • slow or difficult speech
  • weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
  • sudden or severe stomach pain
  • bloody diarrhea
  • paleness or blue color of the fingers and toes
  • pain, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • rash
  • itching
  • changes in vision


Prior to using rizatriptan, disclose any allergies to your doctor or pharmacist, as this medication may contain inactive ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction or other complications.

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have experienced blood circulation issues, certain types of headaches (hemiplegic or basilar migraine), heart problems, liver disease, seizures, or stroke.

Certain conditions may increase your risk for heart problems. Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, a family history of heart disease, overweight, smoking, postmenopausal (women), or over 40 years of age (men).

This medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness, and combining it with alcohol or marijuana may increase these effects. Refrain from operating machinery, driving, or engaging in activities that require alertness until you can do so safely.

The risk of developing heart disease, liver disease, and high blood pressure may increase with age. Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of this medication, specifically increased blood pressure and heart problems.

If you are pregnant, only take this medication if it is absolutely necessary and after discussing the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unclear if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor prior to breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Maxalt is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Maxalt tablet:

    • 5mg
    • 10mg
  • rizatriptan tablet:

    • 5mg
    • 10mg


Can you take Maxalt for a regular headache?

Maxalt should not be used to treat a common tension headache.

Does Maxalt work immediately?

Maxalt should work within 30 minutes.



Additional information

Generic name:





5mg, 10mg

Quantities Available:

3, 6, 12

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