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Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Maxalt5 mg
Maxalt10 mg

Generic Equivalent of Maxalt

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Rizatriptan5 mg
Rizatriptan10 mg

Is A Prescription Required To Have Maxalt?

A Prescription is required to purchase Maxalt from licensed online Canada pharmacies.

What Is The Drug Maxalt Used For?

Maxalt belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans and is used for the treatment of migraine headaches. Maxalt is available as a traditional tablet (Maxalt) and as an orally disintegrating tablet (Maxalt-MLT). Maxalt and Maxalt-MLT are used to treat migraine attacks with or without aura in adults and in children 6 to 17 years of age. It is not used for prevention of headaches. The safety and efficacy of Maxalt for the treatment of cluster headaches is not known. It is not used to treat hemiplegic or basilar headaches.

What Is A Migraine Headache?

Migraine headache is defined as an extreme, throbbing headache which can cause pain or one or both sides of your head. It may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, with sensitivity to noise and light. The pain and symptoms of migraine headache are much worse than a common headache. Some people might also experience visual symptoms before the headache such as flashing lights, known as aura.

What Kind of Drug Is Maxalt?

Maxalt is an anti-migraine drug that belongs to the drug class of triptans. It affects a natural chemical in our body called serotonin that causes narrowing of vessels in brain.

How Does Maxalt Work For Migraine?

Maxalt (rizatriptan) acts on the 5-HT1B/1D receptors and helps to reduce swelling of blood vessels around the brain which is responsible for headache in a migraine attack. It also blocks the release of substances from nerve endings that can cause symptoms like pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.

What Is The Generic Form of Maxalt?

The generic form of Maxalt is rizartriptan and is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

How Is Maxalt Supplied and Stored?

Maxalt is a product manufactured by Merck and Co.,Inc. The drug is available in 5 mg and 10 mg dosage in carton of 18 tablets. Maxalt-MLT is available in 5 mg and 10 mg dosage forms in packing of 18 tablets. Each orally disintegrating tablet is individually packaged in a blister inside an aluminum pouch.

The generic form of Maxalt (rizatriptan) is available as 5 mg and 10 mg dosage form as well as 5 mg and 10 mg rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets.

Maxalt should be stored at a temperature between 15-30 °C. The packaging should be kept in a safe place out of reach of children.

What Is the Cost of Maxalt?

Our Canadian Wide Pharmacy is pleased to offer you the branded Maxalt 5 mg at an unbeatable price of $149 for a quantity of 6 tablets, and $24.83 per tablet. Maxalt -MLT is available at a price of $313 for a supply of 12 tablets, which is $26.08 per unit. The generic form of Maxalt (rizatriptan) 5 mg is available at a price of $59 for a supply of 12 tablets, which is $4.92 per unit. It is best to compare the prices from retail stores and verified online Canadian pharmacies.

What Is The Difference Between Maxalt And Maxalt MLT?

Both Maxalt and Maxalt-MLT contain the same active ingredient that is rizatriptan. However, Maxalt is a traditional tablet whereas Maxalt-MLT is an orally disintegrating tablet.

Is Maxalt A Beta Blocker?

Maxalt is not a beta-blocker. It belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans and is used for treatment of migraine headaches.

Is Rizatriptan The Same As Maxalt?

Rizatriptan is the same as Maxalt. Rizatriptan is the generic form of Maxalt.

Is Imitrex and Maxalt The Same?

Both Imitrex and Maxalt belong to a class of drugs known as triptans and are used to treat migraine headaches. However, the active ingredient in Imitrex is Sumatriptan whereas in Maxalt it is Rizatriptan.

Is A Rizatriptan A Painkiller?

Rizatriptan is not an ordinary pain killer. It does not relieve any pain other than migraine headaches. This medication is used to treat headaches in those people who do not get any relief from acetaminophen, aspirin or other pain relievers.

Can You Take Painkillers With Rizatriptan?

You cannot take other triptans with rizatriptan. However, it is fine to take pain killers like acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen with rizatriptan.

How Many Times A Day Can I Take Rizatriptan?

The usual adult dose of rizatriptan is 5 mg or 10 mg as a single dose. If the headache comes back, you can take another dose of rizatriptan after 2 hours of taking the first dose. However, do not take more than 30 mg of rizatriptan in a 24-hour period.

How Should I Take Maxalt?

Take Maxalt exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will tell you how much Maxalt to take and when to take it. Do not change the dose or stop the medication without consulting your doctor. To take Maxalt-MLT: Leave Maxalt-MLT orally disintegrating tablets in the package it comes in until you are ready to take it. When you are ready to take it: Remove the blister from the foil pouch. Do not push the Maxalt-MLT orally disintegrating tablet through the blister. Peel open the blister pack with dry hands and place the Maxalt-MLT orally disintegrating tablet on your tongue. The tablet will dissolve and be swallowed with your saliva. No liquid is needed to take the orally disintegrating tablet

What Should I Avoid While Taking Maxalt?

Maxalt can lead to dizziness, fainting or weakness. Do not drive or use machinery or do any other activity that needs you to be alert while taking Maxalt.

Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Maxalt?

You should be careful drinking alcohol if you suffer from migraine attacks. Drinking alcohol can worsen migraine headaches or cause new headaches. People who suffer from migraine should avoid taking alcoholic drinks especially during headaches. Moreover, alcohol, like Maxalt leads to dizziness, nausea, dry mouth and headaches. Taking alcohol with Maxalt can lead to worsening of the side effects of Maxalt.

How is Maxalt Metabolized in Body?

Maxalt (rizatriptan) is metabolized in liver and has a half-life of approximately 2-3 hours.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Maxalt?

Like all other medications, Maxalt can also cause side effects. Call your doctor right away or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience any of the following:
  • Heart attack with symptoms such as chest pain and discomfort, uncontrollable pressure, squeezing or fullness, pain or discomfort in your arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach,shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort, breaking out in a cold sweat,nausea or vomiting, lightheadedness.
  • Stroke with symptoms such as numbness or weakness in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body, confusion, problems speaking or understanding, problems seeing in one or both of your eyes, problems walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, severe headache with no known cause.
  • Blood vessel problems with symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, stomach pain, vision problems, coldness and numbness of hands and feet.
  • Serotonin Syndrome when Maxalt is taken with certain medications. Symptoms include agitation, hallucinations, coma, fast heartbeat, fast changes in your blood pressure, increased body temperature, muscle spasm, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Increased blood pressure
Some of the common side effects of Maxalt include sleepiness, tiredness, dizziness, pain or pressure in chest or throat. These are not all the possible side effects of Maxalt. In case you experience any unexpected effect, contact your doctor immediately.

When Should You Not Take Maxalt?

Do not take Maxalt if you:
  • Have heart problems
  • Have or had a stroke in past or problems with your blood circulation
  • Suffer from hemiplegic or basilar migraines. In case you have doubt about having these types of migraines, consult your doctor
  • Have ischemic bowel disease
  • Have narrowing of blood vessels in your legs, arms, stomach or kidney
  • Have taken or take other "triptans" or triptan combination products in the past 24 hours
  • Have taken ergot products in the past 24 hours
  • Have taken MAO inhibitors in the past 2 weeks
  • Are allergic to rizatriptan or any of the ingredients in Maxalt.

What Should You Tell Your Doctor Before taking Maxalt?

Before you take Maxalt, you should tell your doctor if you:
  • Have or had heart problems or family history of heart issues and stroke
  • Have shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Have high cholesterol or high and uncontrolled blood pressure
  • Have diabetes
  • Smoke
  • Are obese or overweight
  • Are a female who has gone through menopause
  • Are a male over the age of 40 years
  • Have liver or kidney problems
  • Have any other medical condition
  • Are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. The effect of Maxalt on the unborn baby is unknown.
  • Are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. It is not known whether Maxalt passes into breast milk. Discuss with your doctor about the best ways to feed your baby when taking Maxalt.
  • Have phenylketonuria (PKU) as Maxalt-MLT orally disintegrating tablets contain phenylalanine.
You should tell your doctor about all the medicines that you take including prescription and non-prescription medications along with any vitamins and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take anti-depressant medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine, or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like venlafaxine. Taking these with Maxalt or other triptans can lead to a life threatening condition such called serotonin syndrome. Its symptoms include restlessness, diarrhea, loss of coordination, hallucinations, nausea, fast heartbeat, vomiting, increased temperature of body, changes in blood pressure and overactive reflexes.

What Medicines Can Interact With Maxalt?

It is important to tell your health care professional about all other medicines that you have taken recently including any kind of supplements and non-prescription drugs.

A number of medicines can affect the way Maxalt works. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
  • Propranolol containing medications such as Inderal, Inderal LA, or Innopran XL
  • Medicines used to treat mood disorders, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).

Where Can I Buy Maxalt Online?

If prescribed by your health care professional, Maxalt can be bought directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy. You will not have to wait to start your therapy due to the swift shipping service provided by us.

How Is Maxalt Delivered?

The standard delivery fee is $10.00. The orders are usually shipped in 2-3 working days after the processing of the order. The medication package is delivered by regular mail within 10-14 business days after it has been shipped.

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