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Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

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Maxalt is a popular medicine that is known to effectively decrease the widening of the patient’s blood vessels. A treatment with this drug is able to returning the widening of the patient’s blood vessels to their regular, healthy size.

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Maxalt is a popular medicine that is known to effectively decrease the widening of the patient’s blood vessels. A treatment with this drug is able to returning the widening of the patient’s blood vessels to their regular, healthy size. A treatment with this medicine is able to achieve its goal during a migraine, by effectively obstructing the release of several chemicals from the patient’s nerve endings (chemicals that are known to usually other migraine symptoms and even more pain).

Maxalt Indications

Maxalt is a medicine that is primarily prescribed in order to relieve the migraine and its general symptoms. This drug should not be used to treat other types of severe headaches. However, this medicine might also serve some other purposes that have not been listed here. Ask your personal physician for more information.  

Maxalt Warnings

Maxalt is not recommended in the case of patients who are suffering from any of these medical conditions:

  • heart disorders (this is known to include previous heart attacks, chest pain or angina)
  • high blood pressure

Maxalt is also not suited if you have taken monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) inhibitors such as any of the following drugs within the last two weeks:

  • moclobemide
  • phenelzine
  • tranylcypromine
  • pargyline

Under these circumstances, you might not be allowed to start to follow a treatment with this medicine, or you might have to be given a lower dose of this drug. Your physician should also carefully monitor your treatment with this drug (Maxalt) to see if it does not cause more harm to your initial medical condition.

You should avoid using this medicine if:

  • the cap’s seal was broken when you bought the medicine
  • the medicine has expired
  • the package or the bottle shows tampering signs

It has not been clearly determined whether a treatment with this medicine during pregnancy could have harmful effects on a growing fetus or not. If you are pregnant, or if you think that you might become pregnant any time soon, you should ask your personal physician if it is recommended for you to start taking this medicine. It has not been clearly established whether Maxalt’s main ingredients are able to pass into breast milk or not. You must not start taking this medicine without your personal physician’s approval if you are currently breastfeeding an infant.

Maxalt Intake Guidelines

Follow each and every one of the advices and recommendations that your doctor has given you regarding your treatment with Maxalt (do not deviate from any of them). If you still have some other questions you should ask your doctor, a pharmacist or a nurse. You should carefully read the instructions that are written on the drug’s label.

Each dose of this medicine should be accompanied by a large glass of water (about 8 ounces of liquid). You may take this medicine either on a full or on an empty stomach. However, if you start experiencing unpleasant stomach upset, you should try taking this medicine (Maxalt) with food or at least with milk.

Maxalt Dosage

Ask your doctor to calculate the dose of Maxalt that suits you best. The correct dosage varies from one person to another, as it depends on a couple of factors (among them: body weight, the disorder’s severity, etc). Do not change the dose that you have been prescribed without your physician’s consent.

Maxalt Overdose

If you suspect that you might be suffering from an overdose with this medicine you should seek emergency medical attention. Alert your personal healthcare provider as soon as possible. Contact your local poison control centre. If necessary, go to the nearest emergency room to receive the proper treatment for your condition. The average symptoms that might be triggered by an overdose with Maxalt usually include:

  • fainting
  • dizziness
  • slow heartbeat
  • sleepiness

Maxalt Missed Dose

Since this medicine is only taken in when it is needed (during a severe migraine attack), a missed dose of Maxalt is highly unlikely to be experienced by anyone.

Maxalt Side Effects

A prolonged treatment with Maxalt is known to sometimes trigger some of these allergic reactions and side effects:

  • dizziness
  • tiredness or sleepiness
  • decreased mental alertness and sharpness
  • inability to sleep properly (insomnia)
  • vomiting, nausea, sickness
  • nervousness
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain or stomach upset 
  • abnormal thirst
  • blurred vision
  • bad taste
  • dry mouth
  • throat discomfort
  • flushing or redness of the face
  • skin itching or rash
  • severe skin sloughing
  • sweating or hot flushes

In case you find yourself experiencing any of the side effects that have been listed here, you may continue taking this medicine (when you need it) but you should alert your personal physician as soon as possible. Other side effects may also occur when you take Maxalt. You should inform your personal physician immediately if you experience anything unusual or bothersome while taking this drug.

Maxalt Drug Reactions

Maxalt is a medicine that can harmfully interact with any of the following medicines:

  • propranolol
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (drugs that are regularly used in the treatment of depression), such as tranylcypromine, moclobemide, phenelzine, pargyline (only in Australia)
  • ergotamine
  • sumatriptan
  • methysergide

Ask your personal physician if it is safe to start taking other medicines while you are treated with this product. 

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