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Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: 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.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: 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.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: 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) for Migraine: 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) for Migraine: 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) for Migraine: 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.
Review by JW in Maryland (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: 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 (rizatriptan) for Migraine: 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.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: I have had migraines since I was 9 so for 22 years now. I tried Imitrex nasals with no results. My hero of a doctor prescribed Maxalt 8 years ago and I can manage my life now. I don't have any side effects from it although it wouldn't matter since I now get relief! I have found migraine medicines are hit or miss for many so I'm beyond pleased I found a hit. I recommend Maxalt to anyone that will listen.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: It worked on an established migraine (six hours into a severe cluster headache) but took about three hours for the full effect to kick in. The fast dissolve pill was really nice.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: I don't normally take anything because I don't like to depend on medication. I used Maxalt 10mg (sample) for the first time- I think the combination of eating and taking this helped to mitigate the onset of a migraine. It did make me have to pee alot- which i have to watch because I get dehyrated easily which causes a significant drop in my blood pressure. Will try Maxalt again and monitor any other side effects. As long as the only side effect is a couple of extra trips to the bathroom I will definitely keep this. I only take a daily dose of 400mg of magnesium oxide.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: Maxalt has worked wonders for me. When I have migraines I never feel like swallowing tablets, so the fact that I have the dissolving tablet is an absolute bonus.
Before this medicine I was bedridden for days at a time, and after a migraine, my head always felt so heavy and like a bowling ball. Now however I am able to go to work the next day. I recommend it to every person I meet!
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: Tried a sample of Maxalt that the doctor gave me for the first time today and could not believe the results. Within 1 hour the migraine was gone and within 2 hours I was back to normal and working. This is truly a miracle medicine for me. I also take 100 mg of Topamax daily so that has really cut down on the migraines but again the Maxalt was a lifesaver for me today. I am worried about my copay after reading some of the post on here but I do have to say that I think it will be worth it.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: Maxalt is truly one of the most amazing migraine medications I have ever tried, and believe me, having migraines as a child and now at 52 years of age, there have been many. As a migrainer, we truly know what suffering is. Maxalt is the best, although, after losing my job 18 months ago and with no success of getting another, it is too expensive. From my understanding the patent expires in 2012. I truly hope the price goes down for those of us who cannot be without it.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: Tried some samples of Maxalt and while it got rid of my (minor in this case) migraine, I did experience a side effect that made me more than a bit nervous. I experienced numbness in my left hand and arm. My doctor told me to immediately stop using it.
I'm a bit saddened that I can't continue on Maxalt as it did get rid of my migraine and definitely worked better than Imitrex, but not worth the risk of the side effect I experienced.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: I am a 42 yr old male and I have been susceptible to migraines since I was very little. My worst childhood memories are of me moaning and rocking back and forth in agony on my bed when suffering from my very first migraines as an 8 or 9 yr old child. I too have not had any luck with Imitrex and some of the other medicines mentioned in this post. My insurance gives me terrible problems when I am trying to get a migraine prescription filled. As it is right now I have figured out that Axert and Maxalt are the only two medicines that I know will work for certain when I am afflicted and totally incapacitated by migraine headaches. The problem with Axert is that my insurance will only allow a monthly script of 6 tablets at $10/tablet. Maxalt does it for less dollars.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: Didn't work for me. I had serious allergic reaction. My tongue swelled up, my cheeks were going numb and had to take Benadryl within 30 minutes of taking this medicine.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: Maxalt is the only migraine medicine I have tried, and it works well for me. When I take it early (before it becomes a full-bloomed migraine), it works within maybe 30 minutes, completely getting rid of the pain. I do have some side effects: most of the time, I feel a tightening of the throat for about 15 minutes after taking it (my doctor had warned me about that), and if I happen to be a bit tired when taking it, I feel a bit dizzy for a couple of hours. But it sure beats a 24-hour migraine.
Maxalt (rizatriptan) for Migraine: By far the greatest medication available. Especially if you take it on the first sign of your migraine and close your eyes for 5-10 min. It will take care of the pain so quickly!
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