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Maxalt Side Effects

Generic Name: rizatriptan

Note: This document contains side effect information about rizatriptan. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Maxalt.

For the Consumer

Applies to rizatriptan: oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating

Along with its needed effects, rizatriptan (the active ingredient contained in Maxalt) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking rizatriptan:

More common
  • Chest pain
  • heaviness, tightness, or pressure in the chest and/or neck
  • pounding heartbeat
  • sensation of burning, warmth, heat, numbness, tightness, or tingling
  • shortness of breath
Less common
  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • increased heartbeat
  • irregular heartbeat
  • pain, tightness, or pressure in the neck, jaw, or throat
  • slow heartbeat

Some side effects of rizatriptan may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • hot flashes
  • lack or loss of strength
  • nausea or vomiting
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Less common
  • Agitation
  • anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dry eyes
  • eye irritation
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • gas
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • heat sensitivity
  • inability to sleep
  • increased sweating
  • increased thirst
  • irritability
  • itching of the skin
  • muscle or joint stiffness, tightness, or rigidity
  • muscle pain or spasms
  • ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • sudden, large increase in the frequency or quantity of urine
  • trembling of the hands or feet
  • unusual feeling of well-being
  • warm or cold sensations

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to rizatriptan: oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating

General

The most commonly reported adverse reactions include pain/pressure sensation, asthenia/fatigue, somnolence, and dizziness.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Palpitation, chest pain (tightness/pressure and/or heaviness), flushing
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tachycardia, cold extremities, bradycardia, arrhythmia, ECG abnormalities
Rare (less than 0.1%): Syncope, edema/swelling
Frequency not reported: Acute myocardial infarction, blood pressure elevations
Postmarketing reports: Peripheral vascular ischemia[Ref]

Rarely, patients with and without a history of hypertension have experienced significant blood pressure elevations including hypertensive crisis with the use of triptans including this drug. Increases of approximately 2 to 3 mmHg have been observed in healthy subjects receiving 10 mg of this drug every 2 hours for 3 doses.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Dry mouth, nausea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vomiting, diarrhea, dyspepsia, tongue edema, abdominal distention, thirst
Frequency not reported: Ischemic colitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Dizziness (14%)
Common (1% to 10%): Paresthesia, headache, somnolence, tremor
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vertigo, confusion/disorientation, gait abnormality, memory impairment, abnormal coordination
Frequency not reported: Serotonin syndrome
Postmarketing reports: Seizure, dysgeusia[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Allergic conditions including anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid reaction, angioedema, wheezing, and toxic epidermal necrolysis[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Asthenia/fatigue, neck/throat/jaw pain/tightness/pressure, warm sensation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tinnitus
Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypoacusis[Ref]

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Facial edema, sweating, pruritus, rash, urticaria
Rare (less than 0.1%): Erythema
Frequency not reported: Toxic epidermal necrolysis[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Muscle weakness, stiffness, myalgia, muscle cramp/spasm
Postmarketing reports: Facial pain[Ref]

Ocular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Blurred vision
Rare (less than 0.1%): Eye swelling[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Euphoria, insomnia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Agitation, hallucination[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngeal edema[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. "Product Information. Maxalt (rizatriptan)." Merck & Co, Inc, West Point, PA.

Some side effects of Maxalt may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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