IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
Maxalt-MLT Oral Precautions
See also How to Use section.
Before taking rizatriptan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other triptan migraine drugs; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be taken if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have a history of:
- blood circulation disease (e.g., ischemic bowel disease)
- certain types of headaches (hemiplegic or basilar migraine)
- heart disease (e.g., chest pain, heart attack)
- uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
- decreased blood flow in the brain (e.g., stroke, transient ischemic attack)
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
- certain blood circulation disorders (e.g., Raynaud's disease)
- kidney problems
- liver problems
Tell your doctor if you have the following risk factors for heart disease:
- family history of heart disease
- high blood pressure (controlled)
- high cholesterol
- female after menopause
- male over age 40
If you are at high risk for heart disease, your doctor may want to check your heart before prescribing rizatriptan.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
This medicine may contain aspartame or phenylalanine. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the safe use of this medicine.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Maxalt-MLT Oral Side Effects
Drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, numbness/tingling/prickling sensations, redness (flushing), tiredness/weakness may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Chest/jaw/neck tightness can commonly occur shortly after using rizatriptan. Only rarely are these signs of a serious condition. However, you may not be able to tell this apart from a serious reaction related to a lack of blood flow to the heart, brain or other parts of the body. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these unlikely but very serious (rarely fatal) side effects occur:
CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.
Information last revised September 2011 Copyright(c) 2011 First DataBank, Inc.