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Maxalt tablets contain the medication Rizatriptan and are used to reduce the pain caused by a migraine. They are intended to be taken when the headache begins rather than as a preventative. They will not decrease the frequency at which you get migraines.
Maxalt tablets are a class of medicine called selective serotonin 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonists. They work by reducing the pressure on the brain caused by blood vessels swelling, this is a common cause of migraine headaches.
Maxalt tablets should be taken when a migraine begins, another dose can be taken 2 hours later if the pain has not subsided. It should be noted that if the first dose is ineffective it is unlikely that a second dose will help. Maxalt tablets should only be used for diagnosed migraines rather than general or tension headaches. If the pain you experience during a migraine changes from what you have experienced before or if you have never experienced a migraine before contain your doctor for a check up.
Maxalt tablets can be bought at a local pharmacy or online from a trusted online pharmacy such as e-Surgery. This will require a quick, 2 minute questionnaire and can be ordered to your door with free delivery. When buying medication online always buy from a trusted, reputable source.
Maxalt tablets are used to treat migraine attacks. Take a Maxalt tablet as soon as possible after your migraine headache has started. Do not use it to prevent an attack. Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The usual dose is 10 mg. If you are currently taking propranolol or have kidney or liver problems you should use the 5- mg dose of Maxalt tablets. You should leave at least 2 hours between taking propranolol and Maxalt tablets up to a maximum of 2 doses in a 24-hour period.
Maxalt tablets should be taken by mouth and swallowed whole with liquid.
Maxalt tablets are also available as a 10-mg oral lyophilisate that dissolves in the mouth. The oral lyophilisate can be used in situations in which liquids are not available, or to avoid nausea and vomiting that may accompany the ingestion of tablets with liquids.
If you do not respond to the first dose of Maxalt tablets during an attack, you should not take a second dose of Maxalt tablets for treatment of the same attack. It is still likely, however, that you will respond to MAXALT during the next attack. Do not take more than 2 doses of Maxalt tablets in a 24-hour period
In some patients, migraine symptoms can return within a 24-hour period. If your migraine does return you can take an additional dose of Maxalt tablets. You should always wait at least 2 hours between doses.
A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on 1 side of the head.
Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.
There are several types of migraine, including:
Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.
The main symptom of a migraine is usually an intense headache on 1 side of the head.
The pain is usually a moderate or severe throbbing sensation that gets worse when you move and prevents you carrying out normal activities.
In some cases, the pain can occur on both sides of your head and may affect your face or neck.
Other symptoms commonly associated with a migraine include:
Some people also occasionally experience other symptoms, including:
Not everyone with a migraine experiences these additional symptoms and some people may experience them without having a headache. The symptoms of a migraine usually last between 4 hours and 3 days, although you may feel very tired for up to a week afterwards.
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain. Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.
Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine. In adult studies, the most common side effects reported were dizziness, sleepiness and tiredness.
You can find a full list of side effects in the Maxalt tablet patient information leaflet.
Common side effects include:
If you begin to show symptoms of an allergic reaction to Maxalt tablets such as rash, shortness of breath and anaphylaxis contact a doctor right away.
For more information refer to the Maxalt tablet patient information leaflet.
Maxalt tablets can take longer to work if it is taken after food. Although it is better to take it on an empty stomach, you can still take it if you have eaten.
Certain foods and alcohol can be migraine triggers, it is important to find out what your specific triggers are so that you can try to avoid them.
The 5-mg tablet contains 30.25 mg of lactose monohydrate and the 10-mg tablet contains 60.50 mg of lactose monohydrate. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Do not take Maxalt tablets if:
Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Maxalt tablets if:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription
Do not take Maxalt tablets if:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Maxalt tablets.
Migraines can be a debilitating condition that affects many areas of life. Although a singular cure has not yet been found as migraines can present very differently in each person managing symptoms is key. Maxalt tablets prevent the migraine from progressing any further than the initial headache, giving you the ability to stop the migraine before it starts. This a great option for someone who does not suffer with migraines all the time and does not want to take constant medication.
Maxalt tablets work in the exact same way as Rizatriptan tablets, by reducing the pressure in the blood vessels of the brain and reducing the head pain that migraines can cause. The main difference is in price, Rizatriptan will be cheaper as it is non-branded.
This is similar to how you might find paracetamol in a pharmacy, the generic version is far cheaper than a branded version.
You can buy Maxalt tablets online from registered online prescribers such as e-Surgery.
Whenever you are buying Maxalt or any other medication, make sure you check for the green GPhC and MHRA logo on the bottom of each page of the website you are using.
You can find more information about Maxalt tablets online in the Maxalt tablet patient information leaflet.
You can also use our completely free Ask-a-Pharmacist service to get health advice from a trained professional. We’re here to help!
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Maxalt tablets come in blister packs that are not currently recyclable, so once they have been used can be disposed of in a general waste bin. If the Maxalt tablets are unfinished dispose of medication safely and drop them off at a local pharmacy. Cardboard packaging and paper patient information leaflets are recyclable. For any more information on disposal of Maxalt tablets you can use our free Ask-a-Pharmacist service.
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