Maxalt is an effective medication designed to control attacks and eliminate the symptoms of migraine headaches. Maxalt is characterized by a relatively
quick onset of action aiming at reducing blood pressure by affecting the blood vessels located around the brain.
The preparation normalizes brain serotonin metabolism, disturbances of which represent the mechanism that triggers a migraine.
The drug not only helps to get rid of headaches, but also allows the patient to get rid of nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and sound and
other undesired manifestations, and contributes to quick recovery.
The clinical effectiveness of the preparation was confirmed in a series of randomized, placebo-controlled studies conducted in different parts of the
The group of participants was largely represented by females (84%) Caucasian (88%), 40 years old on average (18 - 71 years old) suffering from regular
According to the surveys, the reduction in severity or complete removal of severe headache takes 2 hours or up to 4 hours after an intake accordingly.
Eliminating migraine symptoms
Migraines are characterized by recurrent pain sensations extending from one half of the head to another, often localized in the forehead, having a
Pain sensations may be intensified with the bright light, or when moving from darkness into the bright room; with loud noises and strong smells. The attack
usually starts during the night or in the morning after waking up, but for many it can develop at any time of the day.
Migraine attacks may be accompanied with thirst and patient tries to drink plenty of fluids. The duration of the attack varies from 3-4 hours to 3 days.
The attack often ends with prolonged, deep sleep.
Dosage and administration
At brick and mortar pharmacies the preparation is available by prescription only. The physician determines the optimal dosage for a particular patient
depending on her health status and migraine nature. Maxalt is based on rizatriptan active substance and comes in 5 or 10 mg pills.
The average daily dose equals 10 mg. The tablet is taken orally: it is recommended to be taken with the first signs of migraines - place a tablet under the
Do not swallow the pill wholly - it dissolve within a couple of minutes and works better. Note that Maxalt can be taken to bring relief during attacks but
not prevent the possible attacks. You should not exceed the dosage of 20mg per 24 hours (2 tablets).
The period between the intakes should be at least two hours. Patients with serious kidney and/or liver conditions should not exceed the daily dose of 5mg.
Most often the intake of rizatriptan causes such side effects such as fatigue, dizziness and drowsiness. There may be manifestations of abdomen and chest
pain, hard breathing, nausea and vomiting and dry mouth. In rare cases irregular or fast heartbeat are observed.
In less than 1% of cases, the treatment with this drug causes pain and muscle tightness, hypertensive seizures, dizziness and blurred vision, poor quality
sleep, confusion and nervousness, skin rash and urticaria.
Taking the preparation with caution
You should refrain from Maxalt treatment if you are allergic to any components of the medication. The drug is not intended for use in children and
adolescents under 18 years old.
Taking the drug by 65+ years old patients is not recommended due to lack of information on possible effects. Clinical trials in pregnant and nursing
mothers were not conducted, so taking the drug in these cases is not recommended as well.