Maxalt is a selective 5-HT 1B/1D receptor agonist. Its main component is rizatriptan benzoate.
Maxalt is used for migraines and the symptoms typically associated with migraines such as nausea, vomiting, pain, and sensitivity to light. This medication diminishes the discomfort from migraines and allows individuals to resume their daily activities more quickly. It also reduces the need to consume other pain reducing drugs.
Rizatriptan, the main component of Maxalt, belongs to a group of medications known as triptans. It has an effect on the serotonin in the brain. This medication causes the blood vessels in the brain to constrict. This reduces the symptoms of the migraine, particularly the pain. The rizatriptan may also react with certain nerves in the brain causing a reduction in the discomfort.
Maxalt cannot be used to prevent future migraines, it can only diminish the effects of a current headache.
Contact your doctor to check if this medication may have other benefits for you.
It is important to always refer to the prescription provided to you by your physician. You should not take Maxalt in dosages that are different from what the doctor has instructed.
This medication is to be taken by mouth.
The recommended dosage for children above the age of six or individuals below 40 kg is 5 mg of Maxalt. It is not advised to take more than one dosage of this medication for children.
The recommended dosage for adults or individuals weighing more than 40 kg is 10 mg. If the symptoms of the migraine do not go away, you can take a second dose of Maxalt.
For adults, the total dosage of Maxalt should not be greater than 30 mg in one day.
In case of an overdose, call the EMS immediately.
There may be certain side effects experienced when taking Maxalt. Some of the adverse effects that you may go through when taking this medication are:
Uncomfortable senations in the chest
Pressure in the neck or chest
Unusual sensations on the skin
Itching or irritation of the skin
Discomfort in the throat or jaw
In the event that you go through any negative reactions, contact your doctor right away.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant and have been prescribed Maxalt. Tell your physician before you begin breastfeeding you child.
Do not take this drug if you have experienced a negative reaction to rizatriptan.
Avoid tkaing Maxalt if you have taken another migraine medication in the last 24 hours.
This medication should not be taken by individuals with heart problems or circulatory issues, including elevated blood pressure.
Inform your doctor before taking Maxalt if the headache seems unusual or unlike a migraine.
This medication may contain phenylalanine. Tell your doctor if you were diagnosed with phenylketonuria.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver ailments.
Inform your physician of all the medications, both prescribed and OTC, which you are consuming. Tell your doctor about any alternative medications that you may be consuming.