Pronunciation: RYE za TRIP tan
Brand: Maxalt, Maxalt-MLT
5 mg, oval, white, imprinted with 93, 7471
10 mg, oval, white, imprinted with 93, 7472
5 mg, round, white, imprinted with M, 701
10 mg, capsule, pink, imprinted with HP, 245
10 mg, round, white, imprinted with 10
5 mg, round, white, peppermint, imprinted with APO, RZ 5
10 mg, oblong, peach, imprinted with MAXALT, MRK267
5 mg, oblong, pink, imprinted with 266, MRK
10 mg, round, white, peppermint, imprinted with LOGO
5 mg, round, white, peppermint, imprinted with LOGO
10 mg, round, white, imprinted with SZ, 273
10 mg, round, pink, imprinted with X, 14
10 mg, round, white, menthol, imprinted with 10
5 mg, round, white, imprinted with 5
5 mg, round, white, menthol, imprinted with 5
You should not use this medicine if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart problems, a history of heart attack or stroke, or circulation problems that cause a lack of blood supply within the body.
Do not take rizatriptan within 24 hours before or after using another migraine headache medicine.
Do not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
Rizatriptan is a headache medicine that narrows the blood vessels around the brain. Rizatriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms.
Rizatriptan is used to treat migraine headaches. Rizatriptan will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.
Rizatriptan should not be used to treat a common tension headache, or a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of your body. Use this medicine only if your condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches.
Rizatriptan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use rizatriptan if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
Do not use rizatriptan if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. These medicines may interact with rizatriptan and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome.
Rizatriptan disintegrating tablets may contain phenylalanine. Tell your doctor if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Rizatriptan is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
Take rizatriptan as soon as you notice headache symptoms. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
You may receive your first dose in a hospital or clinic setting to quickly treat any serious side effects.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Take the regular tablet whole with a full glass of water.
Remove an orally disintegrating tablet from the package only when you are ready to take the medicine. Place the tablet in your mouth and allow it to dissolve, without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves.
After taking a tablet (for adults): If your headache does not completely go away, or goes away and comes back, take a second tablet 2 hours after the first. If your symptoms have not improved, contact your doctor before taking any more tablets.
After taking a tablet (for children ages 6 to 17): If your headache does not completely go away, or goes away and comes back, contact your doctor before taking any more tablets.
Never use more than your recommended dose. Overuse of migraine headache medicine can make headaches worse. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your migraine attacks.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if you have more than 4 headaches in one month (30 days).
Rizatriptan can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels. Your blood pressure may need to be checked often while you are using this medicine. If you use rizatriptan long-term, your heart function may need to be checked using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG).
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Do not take rizatriptan within 24 hours before or after using another migraine headache medicine, including:
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using rizatriptan and call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect rizatriptan, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially any type of antidepressant.
Other drugs may affect rizatriptan, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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