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MAXALT 10 MG TABLETS

Active substance: RIZATRIPTAN BENZOATE

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MAXALT® 10 mg tablets
(rizatriptan benzoate)

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The name of this medicine is Maxalt 10 mg tablets but will be referred to as Maxalt throughout the
leaflet.
Other strengths of this product are also available.
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Maxalt is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Maxalt
3. How to take Maxalt
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Maxalt
6. Further information

1.

What Maxalt is and what it is used for

Maxalt belongs to a class of medicines called selective serotonin 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonists.

Taking with other medicines
Do not take Maxalt
• if you are already taking a 5HT1B/1D agonist (sometimes referred to as ‘triptans’), such as
sumatriptan, naratriptan or zolmitriptan.
• if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor such as moclobemide, phenelzine,
tranylcypromine, linezolid, or pargyline or if it has been less than two weeks since you stopped
taking an MAO inhibitor.
• if you use ergotamine-type medications such as ergotamine or dihydro-ergotamine to treat your
migraine.
• if you use methysergide to prevent a migraine attack.
The above listed medicines when taken with Maxalt may increase the risk of side effects.
You should wait at least 6 hours after taking Maxalt before you take ergotamine-type medications such
as ergotamine or dihydro-ergotamine or methysergide.
You should wait at least 24 hours after taking ergotamine-type medications before taking Maxalt.
Ask your doctor for instructions and the risks about taking Maxalt
• if you are taking propranolol (see section 3: How to take Maxalt)
• if you are taking SSRIs such as sertraline, escitalopram oxalate, and fluoxetine or SNRIs such as
venlafaxine, and duloxetine for depression.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Maxalt with food and drink:
Maxalt can take longer to work if it is taken after food. Although it is better to take it on an empty
stomach, you can still take it if you have eaten.

Maxalt is used to treat the headache phase of the migraine attack in adults.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
It is not known whether Maxalt is harmful to an unborn baby when taken by a pregnant woman.

Treatment with Maxalt:
Reduces swelling of blood vessels surrounding the brain. This swelling results in the headache pain of
a migraine attack.

Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or are
breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment.

2.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Before you take Maxalt

Do not take Maxalt if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to rizatriptan benzoate or any of the other ingredients of Maxalt
• you have moderately severe or severe high blood pressure or mild high blood pressure that is not
controlled by medication
• you have or have ever had heart problems including heart attack or pain on the chest (angina) or
you have experienced heart disease related signs
• you have severe liver or severe kidney problems
• you have had a stroke (cerebrovascular accident CVA) or mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack
TIA)
• you have blockage problems with your arteries (peripheral vascular disease)
• you are taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as moclobemide, phenelzine,
tranylcypromine, or pargyline, (drugs against depression), or linezolid (an antibiotic), or if it has
been less than two weeks since you stopped taking MAO inhibitors
• you are now taking ergotamine-type medications, such as ergotamine or dihydro-ergotamine to
treat your migraine or methysergide to prevent a migraine attack
• you are taking any other drug in the same class, such as sumatriptan, naratriptan, or zolmitriptan to
treat your migraine (see Taking with other medicines below).
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Maxalt.
Take special care with Maxalt if you:
Before you take Maxalt, tell your doctor or pharmacist, if:
• you have any of the following risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, diabetes, you
smoke or you are using nicotine substitution, your family has a history of heart disease, you are a
man over 40 years of age, or you are a post-menopausal woman
• you have kidney or liver problems
• you have a particular problem with the way your heart beats (bundle branch block)
• you have or have had any allergies
• your headache is associated with dizziness, difficulty in walking, lack of co-ordination or weakness
in the leg and arm
• you use herbal preparation containing St. John's wort
• you have had allergic reaction like swelling of face, lips, tongue and/or throat which may cause
difficulty breathing and/or swallowing (angioedema)
• you are taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as sertraline, escitalopram
oxalate, and fluoxetine or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as
venlafaxine, and duloxetine for depression
• you have had short lived symptoms including chest pain and tightness.
If you take Maxalt too often this may result in you getting a chronic headache. In such cases you should
contact your doctor as you may have to stop taking Maxalt.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist about your symptoms. Your doctor will decide if you have migraine.
You should take Maxalt only for a migraine attack. Maxalt should not be used to treat headaches that
might be caused by other, more serious conditions.
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken, or plan to take, any other medicines
including medicines obtained without a prescription. This includes herbal medicines and those you
normally take for a migraine. This is because Maxalt can affect the way some medicines work. Also
other medicines can affect Maxalt.

Use in children
The use of Maxalt tablets in children under 18 years of age is not recommended.
Use in patients older than 65 years
There have been no full studies to look at how safe and effective Maxalt is amongst patients older than
65 years.
Driving or using machines
You may feel sleepy or dizzy while taking Maxalt. If this happens, do not drive or use any tools or
machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Maxalt
The 5-mg tablet contains 30.25 mg of lactose monohydrate and the 10-mg tablet contains 60.50 mg of
lactose monohydrate. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars,
contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3.

How to take Maxalt

Maxalt is used to treat migraine attacks. Take Maxalt as soon as possible after your migraine
headache has started. Do not use it to prevent an attack.
Always take Maxalt exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or your
pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual dose is 10 mg.
If you are currently taking propranolol or have kidney or liver problems you should use the 5-mg dose of
Maxalt. You should leave at least 2 hours between taking propranolol and Maxalt up to a maximum of 2
doses in a 24-hour period.
Maxalt (rizatriptan benzoate) tablets should be taken by mouth and swallowed whole with liquid.
Maxalt is also available as a 10-mg oral lyophilisate that dissolves in the mouth. The oral lyophilisate can
be used in situations in which liquids are not available, or to avoid the nausea and vomiting that may
accompany the ingestion of tablets with liquids.
If migraine returns within 24 hours
In some patients, migraine symptoms can return within a 24-hour period. If your migraine does return
you can take an additional dose of Maxalt. You should always wait at least 2 hours between doses.
If after 2 hours you still have a migraine
If you do not respond to the first dose of Maxalt during an attack, you should not take a second dose of
Maxalt for treatment of the same attack. It is still likely, however, that you will respond to Maxalt during
the next attack.
Do not take more than 2 doses of Maxalt in a 24-hour period, (for example, do not take more than
two 10 mg or 5 mg tablets or oral lyophilisate in a 24-hour period). You should always wait at
least 2 hours between doses.
If your condition worsens, seek medical attention.

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If you take more Maxalt than you should:
If you take more Maxalt than you should, talk to your doctor or pharmacist straight away. Take the
medicine pack with you.
Signs of overdosage can include dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, fainting and slow heart rate.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Maxalt can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side
effects may happen with this medicine.
In adult studies, the most common side effects reported were dizziness, sleepiness and tiredness.
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
• tingling (paraesthesia), headache, decreased sensitivity of skin (hypoaesthesia), decreased mental
sharpness, tremor,
• fast or irregular heart beat (palpitation), very fast heartbeat (tachycardia),
• flushing (redness of the face lasting a short time), hot flushes, sweating,
• throat discomfort, difficulty breathing (dyspnoea),
• feeling sick (nausea), dry mouth, vomiting, diarrhoea,
• feeling of heaviness in parts of the body,
• pain in abdomen or chest,
• rash.
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1000)
• unsteadiness when walking (ataxia), dizziness (vertigo), blurred vision,
• confusion, insomnia, nervousness,
• high blood pressure (hypertension); thirst, indigestion (dyspepsia),
• itching and lumpy rash (hives), allergic reaction (hypersensitivity); swelling of face, lips, tongue
and/or throat which may cause difficulty breathing and/or swallowing (angioedema),
• neck pain, feeling of tightness in parts of the body, stiffness, muscle weakness.
Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
• bad taste in your mouth,
• fainting (syncope), a syndrome called "serotonin syndrome" that may cause side effects like coma,
unstable blood pressure, extremely high body temperature, lack of muscle co-ordination, agitation
and hallucinations,
• facial pain, wheezing,
• sudden life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) severe shedding of the skin with or without
fever (toxic epidermal necrolysis),
• heart attack, spasm of blood vessels of the heart, stroke. They generally occur in patients with risk
factors for heart and blood vessel disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, use of nicotine
substitution, family history of heart disease or stroke, man over 40 years of age, post-menopausal
women, particular problem with the way your heart beats [bundle branch block]).

What Maxalt looks like and contents of pack
The tablets are pale pink, capsule-shaped, coded Maxalt on one side and MSD 267 on the other.
Pack sizes: Packs with 3, 6 or 12 tablets.
Manufacturer and Product Licence Holder
This product is manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V., Haarlem, The Netherlands. It is procured
from within the EU by the Product Licence Holder: Swinghope Ltd, Brandon House, Marlowe Way,
Croydon CR0 4XS and repackaged by Interport Ltd, Brandon House, Marlowe Way, Croydon CR0 4XS.
POM

PL No: 10380/1436

Leaflet revision date: 05/09/12
Maxalt® is a registered trademark of Merck & Co. Inc., U.S.A.
How can you obtain more information about Maxalt?
This leaflet gives you some of the most important information about Maxalt. If you have any questions
after you have read it, ask your doctor or pharmacist who can give you further information.
Further information about migraine is available from the following organisations:
Migraine Action Association
4th Floor, 27 East Street
Leicester
LE1 6NB
Tel: 0116 275 8317
Fax: 0116 254 2023
and
The Migraine Trust
52-53 Russell Square
London
WC1B 4HP
Tel: 020 7631 6970
Fax: 020 7436 2886
Email: info@migrainetrust.org
(Migraine Action Association and The Migraine Trust are independent organizations and are not
associated with Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited or Swinghope Ltd.)

Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
• seizure (convulsions/fits),
• spasm of blood vessels of the extremities including coldness and numbness of the hands or feet,
• spasm of the blood vessels of the colon (large bowel), which can cause abdominal pain,
• muscle pain,
• changes in the rhythm or rate of the heartbeat (arrhythmia), slow heartbeat (bradycardia),
abnormalities of the electrocardiogram (a test that records the electrical activity of your heart).
Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of allergic reactions, serotonin syndrome,
heart attack or stroke.
In addition, tell your doctor if you experience any symptoms that suggest an allergic reaction (such as a
rash or itching) after taking Maxalt.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

5.

How to store Maxalt
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not store Maxalt above 30°C.
• Do not use Maxalt after the expiry date which is stated on the container after EXP. The expiry date
refers to the last day of the month.
• If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration, consult your pharmacist
who will tell you what to do.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6.

Further information

What Maxalt contains
The active substance of Maxalt is rizatriptan. One tablet contains 10 mg rizatriptan as 14.53 mg of
rizatriptan benzoate.
The other ingredients of Maxalt tablets are lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose (E460a),
pregelatinized corn starch, red iron oxide (E172) and magnesium stearate (E572).

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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