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Rizatriptan

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Rizatriptan belongs to a class of medicines called serotonin 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonists. Rizatriptan Tablets are used to treat the headache phase of the migraine attack in adults.

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Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using it. PrivateDoc offers a confidential free consultation service that may result in you receiving a prescription for Rizatriptan, if it can prescribed safely.

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What is Rizatriptan?

Treatment with Rizatriptan tablets reduces swelling of blood vessels surrounding the brain. This swelling results in the headache pain of a migraine attack.

Rizatriptan tablets can be used to treat migraine attacks which may or may not be associated with visual disturbances (an aura). They are not used to prevent migraine attacks.

How much does Rizatriptan cost?

Rizatriptan medication pack

Strength

5mg 10mg

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Who can use Rizatriptan

Do not take Rizatriptan if:

  • You are allergic to rizatriptan or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • You have moderately severe or severe high blood pressure or mild high blood pressure that is not controlled by medication.
  • You have or have ever had heart problems including heart attack or pain on the chest.
  • You have had a stroke (cerebrovascular accident CVA) or mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack TIA).
  • You have blockage problems with your arteries (peripheral vascular disease).
  • You have severe liver or severe kidney problems.
  • You are taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine or pargyline (drugs against depression) or linezolid (an antibiotic), or if it has been less than 2 weeks since you stopped taking MAO inhibitors.
  • You are taking any other drug in the same class, such as sumatriptan, naratriptan or zolmitriptan to treat your migraine.
  • You are now taking ergotamine-type medicines, such as ergotamine or dihydroergotamine to treat your migraine or methysergide to prevent a migraine attack.
  • You should wait at least 6 hours after taking Rizatriptan Tablets before you take ergotamine-type medicines such as ergotamine or dihydro-ergotamine or methysergide. You should wait at least 24 hours after taking ergotamine-type medicines before taking Rizatriptan Tablets.

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Rizatriptan tablets.

For further information and contraindications please see the patient information leaflet

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How to take Rizatriptan

Rizatriptan 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.

Rizatriptan tablets are used to treat migraine attacks. Take Rizatriptan Tablets as soon as possible after your migraine headache has started. Do not use it to prevent an attack.

If migraine returns within 24 hours:-

In some patients, migraine symptoms can return within a 24-hour period. If your migraine does return you can take an additional dose of Rizatriptan Tablets. You should always wait at least two hours between doses.

If after 2 hours you still have a migraine:-

If you do not respond to the first dose of Rizatriptan Tablets during an attack, you should not take a second dose of Rizatriptan Tablets for treatment of the same attack. It is still likely,however, that you will respond to Rizatriptan Tablets during the next attack.

Do not take more than two doses of Rizatriptan Tablets in a 24-hour period, (for example, do not take more than two 10 mg tablets or 5 mg tablets in a 24-hour period)You should always wait at least 2 hours between doses.

If your condition worsens, seek medical attention.

For further information and dosage please see the patient information leaflet

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Rizatriptan can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine, although some of the symptoms listed may have been caused by the migraine attack itself.

In adult studies, the most common side effects reported were dizziness, sleepiness and tiredness.

Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)

  • tingling (paraesthesia), headache, decreased sensitivity of skin (hypoaesthesia), decreased mental sharpness, insomnia.
  • fast or irregular heart beat (palpitation).
  • flushing (redness of the face lasting a short time).
  • throat discomfort.
  • feeling sick (nausea), dry mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion (dyspepsia).
  • feeling of heaviness in parts of the body, neck pain, stiffness.
  • pain in abdomen or chest.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of allergic reactions, serotonin syndrome, heart attack or stroke.

In addition, tell your doctor if you experience any symptoms that suggest an allergic reaction (such as a rash or itching) after taking MAXALT MELT.

For further information and a full list of possible side effects please see the patient information leaflet

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