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Have you previously been diagnosed with migraine by a GP and been prescribed Triptan medication?

Do medications containing triptans help relieve your migraine headache?

When taking Triptan medication in the past, have you ever experienced any of the following?

  • Dizziness
  • Flusing
  • Pain, heaviness, pressure, or tightness in the chest/throat
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is racing)
  • Rash
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Weakness
  • Worsening nausea/vomiting

Do you suffer from migraines for more than 10 days a month

Have your migraines changed, gotten worse or become more frequent recently?

Have you ever experienced any of the following symptoms when you suffer from a migraine?

  • Clumsiness, uncoordinated movement
  • Drowsiness
  • Double vision
  • Headache limited to the back of the head
  • Rash with your headache
  • Tinnitus (hearing high pitched ringing)
  • Seizures
  • Weakness in an arm or leg or both on only one side of the body


Do you have any other allergies to any medication or substances?

Such as to triptan medication e.g. (Sumatriptan, almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan or zolmitriptan)

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you taking any medication, or have you recently finished a course of medication?

Such as:

  • Other migraine medications
  • Acute antibiotic treatment (antibiotic course needs to be completed at least 72 hours before taking a triptan)
  • Antifungals (e.g. Ketoconazole, Itraconazole)
  • Cimetidine (for indigestion or stomach ulcers)
  • MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) (such as Mocobemide, Phenelzine, Isocarboxazid and Tranylcypromine)
  • Propranolol
  • Reboxetine, Tryptophan or Flupentixol
  • Selegiline
  • SNRIs used to treat depression (such as. Duloxetine, Dapoxetine, Venlafaxine and Mirtazapine)
  • SSRIs, usually used to treat depression (such as Citalopram, Escitalopram, Fluoxetine, Fluvoxamine, Paroxetine, Sertraline and Priligy)
  • St John’s Wort
  • The combined oral contraceptive pill (not the progesterone only mini pill)

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought in the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, recreations drugs

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections, contraception and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you suffer from any other medical problems?

Such as:

  • Epilepsy or fits
  • Ischaemic Colitis
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Stroke or a mini-stroke (also called a transient ischaemic attack or TIA)
  • Heart disease (such as heart attack, angina, irregular heart rhythm etc)
  • High blood pressure
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (cramp like pain when walking due to poor circulation)
  • Previous blood clots, such as in Gastrointestinal or Splenic system

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you have a family history of any medical conditions?

Do any medical conditions run in the family? Such as heart problems, diabetes, blood disorders etc?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby?


I am aware that, in very rare cases, people have developed heart problems from using Triptan medication. The risk is greater in men aged over 40, women who have been through menopause, smokers, individuals using nicotine replacement therapy.

I am aware that if I feel pain or tightness in my chest after using this medication and the pain does NOT pass quickly or becomes severe I will seek immediate medical help.

I understand that using this medication too frequently can make my migraine headaches worse.


We strongly recommend that you inform your GP of any treatment you receive. Would you like e-Surgery to do this in your behalf?

Please write the name of your GP surgery below if you want us to let them know.

This will ensure that any new medication started by your GP will not interact with this treatment.

Answer ‘no’ if you do not want us to inform your GP

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge.
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately.

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

What is this?

Your answers form the basis of your medical consultation. It is important you are open and honest, so our doctors can ensure this medication safe and effective for you


Rizatriptan is a medication used to treat migraines. It belongs to a group of drugs called triptans.

We offer the standard and orodispersible formulations of rizatriptan. The advantage of the orodispersible is quicker action. Speak to one of our resident Pharmacists to help you pick the best choice for you.

Choose from your desired treatment below, and complete a short questionnaire to help our GPs make sure this medication is safe for you to take. All prices include a private prescription from one of our UK registered GPs.


Important Facts About Rizatriptan

Most frequent questions and answers about treating migraines with Rizatriptan

Rizatriptan belongs to a class of medicines called ‘selective serotonin 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonists.

Rizatriptan is used to treat the headache phase of the migraine attack in adults.

By reducing the swelling of the blood vessels around the brain, the headache pain is reduced.

You can not take Rizatriptan tablets if:

  • You are allergic to rizatriptan benzoate, or any other ingredients in this medication
  • You have moderate or high blood pressure, not controlled by medication
  • You have ever had heart problems
  • You have severe liver or kidney problems. 
  • You have had a stroke
  • You have problems with your arteries
  • You are taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors
  • You are taking ergotamine-type medications
  • You are taking any other drug in the same class as Rizatriptan

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Rizatriptan if:

  • You have high blood pressure, diabetes, smoke or have a history of heart disease
  • You are a male over 40 or a post-menopausal woman
  • You have kidney or liver problems
  • You have a particular heart beat problem
  • You have allergies
  • Your headache is associated with dizziness
  • You are taking St John’s Wort
  • You are taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • You have short lived  chest tightness symptoms

It is unknown whether Rizatriptan is harmful to unborn babies when taken during pregnancy.

Therefore you should talk to your doctor before taking Rizatriptan tablets if you are pregnant, planning on or trying for a baby.

Breastfeeding should be avoided for 24 hours after taking Rizatriptan tablets for migraines. 

If you currently have kidney or liver problems, you should use the 5 mg Rizatriptan tablets. In addition to this, you should leave at least 2 hours between taking propranolol and Rizatriptan tablets, with a maximum of 2 doses within 24-hours.

You should respond to the first dose of Rizatriptan. Do not take more than 2 doses of Rizatriptan in a 24-hour period. 

If your condition worsens, you should seek medical attention.

Keep Rizatriptan tablets out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use Rizatriptan tablets after the expiry date which is stated on
the blister and carton after EXP. 

Rizatriptan tablets do not require any special storage

Do not throw away any Rizatriptan tablets via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

As with any form of medication, Rizatriptan tablets have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Rizatriptan.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Rizatriptan tablets:

  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Tiredness
  • Tingling
  • Heart palpitation
  • Hot flushes
  • Throat discomfort
  • Feeling sick
  • Heaviness
  • Pain in chest

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Rizatriptan.

Rizatriptan treatment may cause you to feel sleepy or dizzy, if this happens your should not drive or use any tools.

Always take Rizatriptan tablets exactly as your doctor has prescribed, and if you are unsure ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking.

Your prescribed Rizatriptan tablets should be taken by mouth and swallowed whole with liquid. 

You should always wait at least 2 hours between doses and not take more than 2 doses in a 24-hour period.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

Learn More About Migraines

Most frequent questions and answers about migraines

A migraine is a severe form of headache, that can often cause nausea and vomiting. These headaches come in episodes and between attacks, the symptoms completely go.

The cause of migraines are not fully understood. Headaches are often thought to be caused by narrowing of blood vessels in the brain, followed by dilating soon afterwards. A chemical cause is also a recently explored cause. 

There is most likely a genetic factor involved in developing migraines. 

There are a variety of treatments available for migraines, and you should consult with your doctor to discover the best treatment for yourself.

The most common forms of medication include painkillers and triptans. 

Paracetamol and aspirin are both common painkillers used to treat migraines. 

Triptans are used to narrow blood vessels and manage chemicals released during a migraine attack.

Migraine attacks can have a series of symptoms. These can include:

  • Headache starting on one side of the head
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bright lights/loud noises hurting
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor concentration
  • Stuffy nose
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tummy pain
  • Passing lots of urine
  • Going pale
  • Sweating

Migraine attacks may occur for no apparent reason, but others can be caused by specific triggers.

Dieting too fast, eating lots of certain foods or not drinking enough water can all cause headaches. Other triggers can include smoky environments, VDU screens, loud noises or strong smells. Psychological triggers can consist of depression, anxiety, anger etc. Some medications can increase the risks of migraine attacks, such as the contraceptive pill

Migraine attacks have four phases:

  1. Premonitory phase – Can last for a few hours or days, and may feel irritable, depressed or tired.
  2. Aura phase 
  3. Headache phase
  4. Resolution phase

Headaches can last 4-72 hours, depending on the severity of the attack. 

Diagnosis of migraines is usually through the typical symptoms, as there is no specific test to confirm migraines. 

Non-typical headaches usually require some form of testing to rule out other causes.

A silent migraine is a type of migraine that gives all of the symptoms apart from the actual headache itself. 

Cluster headaches are a series of short, but extremely painful headaches for a long period of time. These usually also occur at the same time each year.

A tension headache is the most common type of headache. These can be individual cases or episodic, and are the most common type of headache.

Migraine aura is a name given to the symptoms that occur before or during a migraine headache. 

Menstrual migraine occur in women around the time of her period. 

Abdominal migraine occurs mainly in children, and consists of painful abdominal pain. Often this switches to a regular migraine upon becoming a teenager.

Ocular migraine causes the temporary loss of vision, with or without a headache. 

Hemiplegic migraines are rare, and include paralytic like symptoms along with a headache. 

Vestibular migraine causes repeated episodes of severe dizziness. 

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