Maxalt and Maxalt - MLT

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    Brand Name:Maxalt and Maxalt - MLT
    Generic:Rizatriptan Benzoate
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1998-06-29 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Merck & Co., Inc.
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets and Orally Disintegrating Tablets
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/1998/20864lbl.pdf

About Maxalt and Maxalt - MLT

Maxalt is used for the short term treatment of most types of migraine attacks in adults. Maxalt is not used to prevent migraines, or to decrease the number of migraine attacks. Maxalt has not been shown to treat cluster headaches.

Side Effects of Maxalt and Maxalt - MLT

Some signs of rare but serious side effects include:

  • Possible life-threatening serotonin syndrome when used with SSRI or SNRI medicines.
  • Pain, pressure or tightness in the chest or throat. If severe, or does not go away, call your healthcare professional right away. If this happens at all, discuss with your healthcare professional before taking any more Maxalt.
  • Rarely, people have a serious allergic reaction to Maxalt. This could cause shortness of breath, wheeziness, heart throbbing, swelling of eyelids, face, or lips, or a skin rash, lumps or hives. If this happens, tell your healthcare professional right away.

Other side effects may include:

  • chest heaviness, or pressure
  • tiredness
  • dizziness
  • sleepiness

Who Should Not Take Maxalt and Maxalt - MLT

You should not take Maxalt if you have (or have had) any of following conditions:

  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • heart disease or a history of heart disease
  • hemiplegic or basilar migraine (if you are not sure about this, ask your healthcare professional)
  • stroke
  • circulation (blood flow) problems to your arms, legs, and bowels
  • have taken another migraine medicine in the same drug class as Maxalt or other migraine medicines that contain ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, or methylsergide in the last 24 hours (ask your healthcare professional for a list of these medicines if you are unsure)
  • take a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor medicine or have taken a MAO inhibitor in the past 2 weeks
  • phenylketonuric patients should not take Maxalt-MLT(orally disintegrating tablets), because they contain phenylalanine (an ingredient in aspartame)

Interactions with Maxalt and Maxalt - MLT

Maxalt and certain other medicines can interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how Maxalt works or Maxalt may affect how your other medicines work. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.

Especially tell your healthcare professional if you:

  • take a SSRI or SNRI medicine
  • have taken another migraine medicine in the same drug class as Maxalt or other migraine medicines that contain ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, or methylsergide in the last 24 hours.
  • take a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor medicine or have taken a MAO inhibitor in the past 2 weeks
  • take propranolol
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Recent Forum Posts on Maxalt and Maxalt - MLT

Long term effects?

I have been taking maxalt melt for 9 years. They gave me my life back. But I am concerned about long term use side effects. I take approx 10 per month. They were fairly new when I first started taking them. But does anyone know if there are any long-term study results around? 😢


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