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Reviews for Rizatriptan to treat Migraine
Review by Pintocalle1:
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): This is an amazing medicine that I can not live without. No side effects and completely knocks put the pain. Only once or twice did I need a second dose. It's a life saver. My insurance still covers it so I am lucky.
Review by Cluster headache girl (taken for 1 to 6 months):
rizatriptan: I have cluster headache ( worst type
Of headache/ migraine) Tylenol doesn't work, I was prescribed this, and I could not be any happier with the result. You're supposed to leave it in your mouth and let it dissolves. The taste isn't at all that bad - taste like breath mint. But within about 0-15 minutes, the migraine is gone! I recommend this!
rizatriptan: Have had migraine for 33 years. Experienced first one after giving birth for the first time. Migraines are very severe and symptoms include non stop vomiting, lack of balance, loss of sensation, sensitivity to light, sound, etc. Rizatriptan works for a migraine attack which is not so severe. It has to be taken immediately. I usually lie down quietly for 20 minutes after taking it and then it works. It does not completely get rid of the headache, but suppresses it. This allows you to get on with your day. It makes me very tired, and makes my body feel heavy. Reactions are sometimes slower, so don't drive. If it does not work within 20-30 minutes, then it won't.
Maxalt (rizatriptan): I have tried different medicines for migraines, all just calmed it down a little, it just had to run its 3 day duration. Am seeing another Dr & she put me on Maxalt yesterday, my migraine was gone within an hour of taking it. I just want to go back and hug her because after 5 yrs of trying I just accepted my pain. It made me drowsy, but I will take drowsy over pain any day.
rizatriptan: I have had migraines since I was 12 yrs. Old, I am 67. As a child I just suffered all the time. When I was in my late 20's, fiorinal was the answer. It did help. There have been a couple of others (can't remember the name). Then imitrex came out. Didn't work. I did not find relief, even with addition of percocet until maxalt came out. Thank heavens. Mostly 20 days per month. I learned very quickly first sign for me is a slice of pain, then I immediately take the maxalt. Within a half hour, 99% gone. I have been so fortunate to have medicine coverage through private employer insurance with reasonable copay, otherwise it would affect my ability to support myself. I take over 12 meds per day..No interactions
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): One Maxalt-MLT usually gets rid of the migraine in an hour or less. Occasionally, I need another one 2 hours later to really get rid of it for good. Rarely, even the second one did not quite do it for me. But this is still the most effective medicine that's worked for me, after trying 8-10 other medicines (over-the-counter and prescription).
Maxalt (rizatriptan): I have only experienced a handful of migraines as an adult (had them often as a child but they ended with puberty), but frequency has increased to 3 within the last year. This was the first time I have had migraine medicine to take. Dr. gave me a few different samples - Maxalt 10mg was the one I took. It was really AMAZING that within 5 minutes of taking it the vice-like pain was gone. I did experience extreme fatigue, some nausea, diuresis (clammy & sweaty), and some muscle pain, but, to be honest I just tried to sleep through most of it. I woke up about 2hrs later feeling better and able to function again.
Next time I will ask for a prescription for 5mg, which may decrease the side effects.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): The Maxalt-MLT self-dissolving tab worked wonders for me. At a time when my doctor was trying to determine the most-effective treatment form my migraine headaches, this medicine was a God-send. My doc gave me samples of various triptan meds and I was to try one out at the onset of every migraine. Of the 5-6 different samples I was given, Maxalt-MLT worked the fastest & had the least amount of side-effects. I was amazed. Unfortunately, my insurance would not cover it and I had to settle with sumatriptan. Sumatriptan worked, but it took about an hour and I just remember feeling really weird after taking it. Anyway, if/when my migraines start again- Maxalt is what I want.
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): I used to take the Maxalt in pill form and these work 2x as fast. I took one today at the first sign of a headache and it stopped it in it's tracks in just under 15 minutes. The pill used to take 30 and often the headache had time to bloom and get bad by then. They didn't immediately get rid of the nausea I get, but it went away in about 20 min after it stopped the bloom. I rated these as a 9 because of the taste. They taste a bit like a peppermint candy that's gone bad, but it's bearable and only lasts for about 5 seconds. I usually wash the flavor away with coffee - I like to back up anything I take for a headache with a good dose of caffeine. These will be replacing my Maxalt pills even if they do taste awful.
Maxalt (rizatriptan): I had been on Maxalt for about a year with minor, but bearable side effects sometimes. Slight tightening of my jaw and surrounding muscles. Last time I took it was the LAST time I was taking it. The tightening sensation I felt was unbearable throughout my head down to my arms. If it didn't start to ease up when it did I was going to go to the hospital. It did take away the pain. That's the only positive thing I can say....but only briefly. The next day my migraine came back almost full force.
Maxalt (rizatriptan): I've always had 3 day migraines. MaxAlt will take it away in about 35 minutes. Sometimes I would have to take another one (dissolved in my mouth) the next day. I cannot stress enough how much I love this medicine. I come from days when Darvon's were given for migraines, they didn't do anything but zombie you with the pain. I thank the scientist who figured out how to control whatever it is that is being controlled. Of course, it IS too expensive. Without insurance, I would have to suffer, as they are about $32 per pill!
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Maxalt (rizatriptan): Tried Imitrex and Relpax first, but had bad heart-squeezing and neck-squeezing side effects. Tried Maxalt and did not have that problem. It usually takes away the migraines, but can take 1-2 hours to get relief. I'm also very fatigued after the pain goes away, which makes daytime onset of migraines a hassle. Also for the 1-2 hours I am waiting for it to work, the pain actually intensifies until suddenly it lets go and the blood vessels in my head feel cold. Strange, but true.
Maxalt (rizatriptan): I have suffered from migraines Since An Auto accident in 2009, sometime as many as 15 a month. I was prescribed Maxalt this past year (after trying a whole bag of other medicines). It has given me my life back... within thirty minutes after taking Maxalt the symptoms decrease by 50% and are gone within an hour. Several side effects, very drowsy and increased nausea but after several hours of sleep all is good.
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): 1 Maxalt malt usually starts working in 30 to 45 minutes for me. Within an hour I'm able to continue my day. I have very frequent migraines and have used Maxalt for many years. No real side effects except a bit of drowsiness.
And it is very expensive. Insurance does not cover the whole cost.
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): Miracle medicine! Only thing that helps my migraines and within minutes. Insurance wont cover so will have to find an alternative. If your insurance covers it, it is well worth it!
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): Works within minutes usually. Have not noted any side effects with it although I do not care for taste. After it melts and is gone, I drink water to get taste out of my mouth.
Review by JW in Maryland (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Maxalt (rizatriptan): Maxalt was a wonderful medication for two years, then its effectiveness rapidly diminished. My unforeshadowed migraines feature very mild headaches; instead, I first lost my sense of balance, then my lunch, and then the desire to live for the next three hours. Although I was on a migraine-suppressing tricyclic and metroprolol, migraines would punch through two to eight times a month. Maxalt shutdown such migraines within 20 minutes-no side effects. (NOTE: Maxalt did not suppress the rare aura). After further adjustment of my daily medicines, my rescue medicine became Relpax 2 Aleve.
Maxalt-MLT (rizatriptan): Maxalt has worked wonders for me! I've suffered from migraines for several years now and Maxalt has been the only thing that can stop them. When I feel a migraine coming on I take one of the 10 mg dissolvable tablets and it soon disappears. Occasionally I do end up with a full-blown migraine (because I'm forgetful and don't always have Maxalt on me) and taking two doses helps it go away much more quickly than it would otherwise. Miracle!
Maxalt (rizatriptan): I've had migraines since I was about 9 years old because of a life long battle with insomnia. When I was a kid and I had my first migraine...I thought I was dying. I didn't understand what I had, what set it off or why I had it. And the pain and all of the vomiting. EVERYTHING hurt. Any light, the slightest noise and any movement I made while in bed made the migraine worse and I'd start vomiting NON-STOP.
The doctor prescribed Maxalt to me. I didn't even know they MADE medicines for migraines and I have to say I cannot be without it.
But as the directions state, take AS SOON as you feel a migraine (not just a headache) coming on. Your body usually gives you signs, for me it's excessive yawning every few seconds and irritability.
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