Rizatriptan (generic Maxalt®) is a triptan medication that’ll help knock out the symptoms like headache pain that come with an acute migraine attack. It is available as a standard tablet or as an orally-dissolving tablet (ODT), a migraine medication that dissolves in your mouth.
When you feel a migraine starting to roll in, rizatriptan can help nip it in the bud (before you have to retreat into a dark room for two days). Rizatriptan may be able to relieve you of many of the common symptoms you experience during a migraine attack (which could include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light/sound).
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Rizatriptan is a prescription medicine, so you’ll need to talk to your doctor first to see if it’s right for you. Ready to get started? You can complete a Cove doctor consultation now.
Right away, of course (which means you should try to take it at the very first sign of a migraine). You can take standard rizatriptan tablets with water, with or without food. Rizatriptan ODT can be taken without water or food, which is helpful for people who get nauseous during migraine attacks.
If any of the below looks familiar, definitely talk to your doctor before taking rizatriptan because, like any prescription medication, drug interactions and side effects can be unpleasant. Here are some risk factors to consider:
Don’t take rizatriptan with any other migraine-specific medication (like sumatriptan). Other acute pain and preventative medications are okay. Taking propranolol too? That’s fine, but make sure you only take half of your usual dose of rizatriptan (5mg) as its effects are increased when combined with other medications.
Take it as quickly as you can at the first signs of a migraine.
Keep it in a dry place at a cool room temperature.
Generally speaking, most people handle rizatriptan quite fine. Some experience dizziness, warmth, tingling, and non-heart related chest discomfort.
There are currently six other triptan drugs prescribed in the United States in addition to rizatriptan: eletriptan (generic Relpax®), naratriptan (generic Amerge®), sumatriptan (generic Imitrex®), zolmitritpan (generic Zomig®), almotriptan (generic Axert®), and frovatriptan (generic Frova®).
Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure and prevent migraine headaches. Do not stop taking these drugs all of a sudden. If you do, chest pain that is worse and in some cases heart attack may occur. The risk may be greater if you have certain types of heart disease. To avoid side effects, you will want to slowly stop this drug as ordered by your doctor. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worse chest pain or if other heart problems occur. You can read more about propranolol side effects, warnings, and precautions here. Full prescribing information for propranolol is available here. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit MedWatch: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm or call 1-800-FDA-1088.