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Maxalt-mlt

Generic Name: rizatriptan (RYE za TRIP tan)
Brand Names: Maxalt, Maxalt-MLT
Maxalt (rizatriptan) is used to treat migraine headaches in adults, with or without aura. Includes Maxalt side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Maxalt (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. Maxalt is used to treat migraine headaches. Maxalt will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks. Maxalt should not be used to treat a common tension headache, a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of your body, or any headache that seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches. Use this medicine only if your condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches. Learn more

Maxalt-mlt Side Effects

Maxalt Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about rizatriptan. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Maxalt.

In Summary

More frequent side effects include: asthenia, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, paresthesia, and nausea. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to rizatriptan: oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating

Along with its needed effects, rizatriptan (the active ingredient contained in Maxalt) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking rizatriptan:

More common

  • Chest pain
  • heaviness, tightness, or pressure in the chest and/or neck
  • pounding heartbeat
  • sensation of burning, warmth, heat, numbness, tightness, or tingling
  • shortness of breath

Less common

  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • increased heartbeat
  • irregular heartbeat
  • pain, tightness, or pressure in the neck, jaw, or throat
  • slow heartbeat

Some side effects of rizatriptan may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • hot flashes
  • lack or loss of strength
  • nausea or vomiting
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

  • Agitation
  • anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dry eyes
  • eye irritation
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • gas
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • heat sensitivity
  • inability to sleep
  • increased sweating
  • increased thirst
  • irritability
  • itching of the skin
  • muscle or joint stiffness, tightness, or rigidity
  • muscle pain or spasms
  • ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • sudden, large increase in the frequency or quantity of urine
  • trembling of the hands or feet
  • unusual feeling of well-being
  • warm or cold sensations

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to rizatriptan: oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating

General

The most commonly reported adverse reactions include pain/pressure sensation, asthenia/fatigue, somnolence, and dizziness.

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Palpitation, chest pain (tightness/pressure and/or heaviness), flushing

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tachycardia, cold extremities, bradycardia, arrhythmia, ECG abnormalities

Rare (less than 0.1%): Syncope, edema/swelling

Frequency not reported: Acute myocardial infarction, blood pressure elevations

Postmarketing reports: Peripheral vascular ischemia

Rarely, patients with and without a history of hypertension have experienced significant blood pressure elevations including hypertensive crisis with the use of triptans including this drug. Increases of approximately 2 to 3 mmHg have been observed in healthy subjects receiving 10 mg of this drug every 2 hours for 3 doses.

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Dry mouth, nausea

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vomiting, diarrhea, dyspepsia, tongue edema, abdominal distention, thirst

Frequency not reported: Ischemic colitis

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Dizziness (14%)

Common (1% to 10%): Paresthesia, headache, somnolence, tremor

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vertigo, confusion/disorientation, gait abnormality, memory impairment, abnormal coordination

Frequency not reported: Serotonin syndrome

Postmarketing reports: Seizure, dysgeusia

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Allergic conditions including anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid reaction, angioedema, wheezing, and toxic epidermal necrolysis

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Asthenia/fatigue, neck/throat/jaw pain/tightness/pressure, warm sensation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tinnitus

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypoacusis

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Facial edema, sweating, pruritus, rash, urticaria

Rare (less than 0.1%): Erythema

Frequency not reported: Toxic epidermal necrolysis

Musculoskeletal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Muscle weakness, stiffness, myalgia, muscle cramp/spasm

Postmarketing reports: Facial pain

Ocular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Blurred vision

Rare (less than 0.1%): Eye swelling

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Euphoria, insomnia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Agitation, hallucination

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngeal edema

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Maxalt-mlt