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Maxalt (Rizatriptan Benzoate)

Description

Maxalt (also known as "Rizatriptan benzoate") is available under the form of tablets of 5 mg and 10 mg, and ODTs for oral administration. Maxalt is widely prescribed for treating severe migraines in adults.

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Recommendations

Maxalt is a drug that is created for treating migraine attacks in adults. Based on the doctor's recommendations, patients can take 5 mg or 10 mg tablets during the course of the treatment, the latter option being twice as strong. The recommended dosage varies based on certain factors, like the patient's response to treatment or the risks and complications that may occur.

Patients must not exceed 30 mg a day, as this may lead to side effects. The maximum dosage allowed in a day is 30 mg, at intervals of minimum two hours. Also, it is highly recommended not to treat more than four decades a month using Maxalt.

If you use propranolol, then you must limit to three doses of 5 mg a day.You should know that Maxalt is used only to treat a headache that has begun. Moreover, Maxalt is used to treat headaches after their onset, and doctors advise you to take the first dose in a clinic setting, to address the potential side effects that may occur.

Warnings And Precautions

Maxalt is contraindicated for people who are allergic to Rizatriptan, foods, dyes or various preservatives. Also, persons who suffer from coronary heart diseases, high cholesterol, problems related to blood pressure, blood vessel conditions like peripheral vascular disease, ischemic bowel diseases, liver problems such as cirrhosis or liver failure should avoid taking Maxalt, as it can worsen these conditions. If you are sensitive to one or more ingredients found in Maxalt (both active and inactive), you must discuss this with your health care provider, as he might recommend a similar drug.

Maxalt is also contraindicated for those who treat their migraines with other drugs, as they might interfere and their efficiency might be affected. Overweight people and those who suffer from diabetes should talk to their health care provider before starting the treatment with Maxalt. In addition, if you suffer from depression and you are on treatment, make sure to inform your physician prior to taking Maxalt.

Pregnant women and women who are breast-feeding must not take Maxalt, as the active substances may pass into the milk and affect the newborn. Tell your physician if you are pregnant or you want to become pregnant during the course of the treatment, if you have gone through menopause, if you smoke or you have a family history of heart disease. Maxalt must not be used by people younger than 18 years of age.

Reports have shown that Maxalt can increase the risk of arrhythmia and even heart attack, this is why people who have suffered from heart attack or severe chest pain must avoid taking this drug. If you have one or more risk factors for heart disease, then it is advised to take the first dose of the medication in your doctor's office, who will carefully monitor your heart rate. People who treat their migraines with Maxalt should also have their heart checked on a constant basis.

If you feel chest pain or pain in the neck after taking the first dose of Maxalt, you must inform your doctor right away, as this is a side effect of the drug and might indicate heart problems. Despite the fact that these symptoms are common and they are usually not serious, they must not be neglected.

Maxalt can also interfere with various antidepressants and cause what is known as "Serotonin syndrome". This syndrome can be easily recognized after its symptoms, which include fever, profuse sweating, confusion, hallucinations, tachycardia diarrhea and muscle spasms. If you experience any of these symptoms after taking Maxalt, you must consult your doctor right away as he might decide to stop the treatment or prescribe another drug. Other serious side effects include severe abdominal pain or bloody diarrhea, which are usually triggered by spasms in the colon (which may be caused by Maxalt).

People who use Maxalt should also avoid consuming alcoholic beverages during the course of the treatment, as this might interfere with the efficiency of the drug. Also, Maxalt is designed to treat regular migraine, and those who suffer from basilar migraine or hemiplegic migraine must avoid taking the drug.

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