Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets
Generic Name: Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets (RYE za TRIP tan)
Brand Name: Maxalt-MLT
Uses of Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets:
- It is used to treat migraine headaches.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets?
- If you have an allergy to rizatriptan or any other part of this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets).
- If you have any of these health problems: High blood pressure or some types of migraine headaches like hemiplegic or basilar migraine.
- If you have ever had any of these health problems: Chest pain or pressure; diseased arteries going to the legs or arms; heart attack; heart disease; poor blood flow in the heart, brain, bowel, or kidney; stroke; or a heartbeat that is not normal like Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking this medicine within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
- If you have taken almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, sumatriptan, or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.
- If you have taken ergotamine, methysergide, dihydroergotamine, or any drug like them in the last 24 hours.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine is not meant to prevent or lower the number of migraine headaches you get. Talk with your doctor.
- Use care if you have risks for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, high blood sugar or diabetes, cigarette smoking, man older than 40 years of age, other family members with early heart disease, woman after change of life). Talk with your doctor.
- Taking more of this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets) (a higher dose, more often) than your doctor told you to take may cause your headaches to become worse.
- If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
- If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets) best taken?
Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
For all patients taking this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets):
- Take with or without food.
- Be sure your hands are dry before you touch this medicine.
- Some brands of this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets) come in a blister pack. If this medicine comes in a blister pack, take out the tablet right before use. Do not push the tablet out of the foil when opening.
- Place on your tongue and let it melt. Water is not needed. Do not swallow it whole. Do not chew, break, or crush it.
- Take as early as you can after the attack has started.
- If your headache comes back after the first dose, 1 more dose may be taken 2 hours after the first one.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Very bad headache or if headache is not better after the first dose.
- Change in eyesight.
- Loss of eyesight. This can be long-lasting.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very bad belly pain or bloody loose stools.
- Weight loss.
- Leg cramps.
- Feeling of heaviness or tightness in the leg muscles.
- Feeling cold.
- Burning or aching pain in the feet or toes.
- Shortness of breath.
- Mood changes.
- Change in color of skin.
- A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called serotonin syndrome may happen. The risk may be greater if you take this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets) with drugs for depression, migraines, or certain other drugs. Call your doctor right away if you have agitation; change in balance; confusion; hallucinations; fever; fast or abnormal heartbeat; flushing; muscle twitching or stiffness; seizures; shivering or shaking; sweating a lot; very bad diarrhea, upset stomach, or throwing up; or very bad headache.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly heart problems like heart attack and a heartbeat that is not normal have rarely happened within a few hours of taking this medicine. Call your doctor right away if you have chest, throat, neck, or jaw tightness, pain, pressure, or heaviness; break out in a cold sweat; shortness of breath; a fast heartbeat; a heartbeat that does not feel normal; or very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly brain blood vessel problems like stroke have rarely happened with this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets). Call your doctor right away if you have a change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or change in eyesight.
What are some other side effects of Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets?
- Feeling sleepy.
- Feeling of heaviness or pressure.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Feeling tired or weak.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Rizatriptan Orally Disintegrating Tablets?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine (rizatriptan orally disintegrating tablets). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Review Date: February 7, 2018
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