Maxalt

Maxalt Medication Information:

Maxalt medication comes in several different strengths; click on the strength you need to view prices from pharmacies competing to earn your business.

Maxalt 5 mg
Maxalt 10 mg
Maxalt RPD 10 mg

About Maxalt

The name of your medicine is MAXALT. It can only be obtained by prescription from your physician. The decision to use MAXALT is one that you and your physician should make jointly, taking into account your individual preferences and medical circumstances. If you have risk factors for heart disease (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, strong family history of heart disease, or you are a post-menopausal female, or a male over 40), tell your physician. Your physician should evaluate you for heart disease in order to determine whether MAXALT is appropriate for you.

What Maxalt is used for

MAXALT is intended to relieve your migraine headache and other associated symptoms of a migraine attack. MAXALT should not be used continuously to prevent or reduce the number of attacks you experience. Use MAXALT only to treat an actual migraine headache attack.

What Maxalt does

Migraine headache is believed to be caused by a widening of the blood vessels in the head. MAXALT narrows the vessels and relieves the pain and other symptoms of migraine headache.

When Maxalt should not be used

Do not take MAXALT if you:

  • are allergic to any of the ingredients (see What the important nonmedicinal ingredients are:)

  • have uncontrolled or severe high blood pressure

  • have heart disease or history of heart disease

  • have severe liver disease

  • take monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, or pargyline, or have taken MAO inhibitors within the last two weeks.

MAXALT should not be used to relieve pain other than that associated with migraine headache.

MAXALT should not be used within 24 hours of treatment with another 5-HT1 agonist such as sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge) or zolmitriptan (Zomig), or ergotamine-type medications such as ergotamine, dihydroergotamine or methysergide.

Please also see Warnings and Precautions:.

What the medicinal ingredient is

Rizatriptan benzoate.

What the important nonmedicinal ingredients for Maxalt are

Tablets

Ferric oxide (red), lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and pregelatinized starch.

Wafers

Aspartame, gelatin, glycine, mannitol and peppermint flavor.

For a full listing of nonmedicinal ingredients see Part 1 of the product monograph.

What dosage forms Maxalt comes in

Tablets

MAXALT (rizatriptan benzoate) is available as a 5 mg or 10 mg pale pink tablet containing either 5 mg or 10 mg of rizatriptan.

Wafers

MAXALT RPD is available as white to off-white round wafer containing 5 or 10 mg rizatriptan, from rizatriptan benzoate.


Warnings and Precautions

If the answer to any of the following questions is YES or if you do not know the answer, then please speak with your physician before you take any MAXALT.

  • Are you pregnant? Do you think you might be pregnant? Are you trying to become pregnant? Are you using inadequate contraception? Are you breast feeding?

  • Do you or have you ever experienced any pain or tightness in the chest, (which may or may not spread to your neck, jaw, or upper arm), shortness of breath, rapid heartbeats or irregular heartbeats? Do you have angina?

  • Have you ever had heart or blood vessel disease? Have you had a heart attack or stroke?

  • Do you have risk factors for heart disease, such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes, or strong family history of heart disease? Are you post-menopausal, or a male over 40?

  • Have you ever had to stop taking this or any other medication because of an allergy or other problems?

  • Are you taking any other migraine 5-HT1 agonist medications such as Imitrex (sumatriptan succinate/sumatriptan) or Amerge (naratriptan as naratriptan hydrochloride), Zomig (zolmitriptan) or migraine medications containing ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, or methysergide?

  • Are you taking any medications for depression such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as sertraline, escitalopram oxalate, and fluoxetine or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as venlafaxine, duloxetine, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOIs)?

  • Have you ever experienced numbness on one side of your body when you have a headache?

  • Have you ever had, or do you have epilepsy or seizures?

  • Have you ever had, or do you have liver disease or kidney disease?

  • Is this headache different from your usual migraine attacks?

  • Are you over 65 years of age?

Phenylketonuric patients

You should be aware that this product contains phenylalanine (a component of aspartame). Each 5 mg MAXALT RPD wafer contains 1.05 mg phenylalanine and each 10 mg MAXALT RPD wafer contains 2.10 mg phenylalanine.

If you are not sure whether you should take MAXALT, contact your physician or pharmacist.

MAXALT use during pregnancy

Do not use MAXALT if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to become pregnant or are using inadequate contraception, unless you have discussed this with your physician.


Interactions with Maxalt

If you are taking any other migraine medication, check with your physician first before taking MAXALT and inform your physician of any other medications you may be taking, including those obtained without a prescription.

Do not take MAXALT or MAXALT RPD if you take monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, or pargyline, or have taken MAO inhibitors within the last two weeks.

Ask your physician for instructions about taking MAXALT or MAXALT RPD if you are taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as sertraline, escitalopram oxalate, and fluoxetine or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as venlafaxine, duloxetine for depression.


Proper Use of Maxalt

Remember

This medicine was prescribed only for YOU. Only a physician knows who can use it safely. Never give it to someone else. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

Usual dose

For adults, the usual dosage is 5 or 10 mg, as recommended by your physician. The dose should be taken as soon as your migraine appears, but it may be taken at any time during your migraine headache.

If you are taking a tablet, swallow your dose with water.

If you are using MAXALT RPD, leave the wafer in its package until you are ready to take it. Remove the blister from the foil pouch. Do not push the wafer through the blister; rather, peel open the blister pack with dry hands and place the wafer on your tongue. The wafer will dissolve rapidly and be swallowed with your saliva. No liquid is needed to take the wafer.

A second dose may be taken if your headache returns. Repeat doses cannot be taken any sooner than 2 hours following the first dose. Do not take more than 20 mg in any 24-hour period.

For any attack where you have no response to the first dose, do not take a second dose without first consulting your physician.

Overdose

If you have taken more medication than your physician has instructed, contact either your physician, hospital emergency department, or nearest poison control centre immediately.

 

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