Important Facts About Rizatriptan
Most frequent questions and answers about treating migraines with Rizatriptan
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.
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:
- Heart palpitation
- Hot flushes
- Throat discomfort
- Feeling sick
- Pain in chest
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Rizatriptan.
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.