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Product Description

Maxalt is a prescription medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of migraine headaches. It consists of Rizatriptan benzoate, a selective 5-hydroxytrytamine receptor agonist, representing a molecular weight of the free base of 269.4 and was approved by the Food and Drug Administrators in the year 1998. Rizatriptan benzoate appears to be white to off white crystalline solid and is soluble in water.

Each compressed tablet of Maxalt consists of the inactive ingredients like lactose monohydrate, pregelatinized starch, ferric oxide that’s red, magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose. Each lyophilized orally disintegrating tablet consists of certain inactive ingredients like aspartame, gelatin, peppermint flavor, mannitol and glycine.


Maxalt is used to treat migraine headaches. It alleviates head ache that has already begun and do not prevent headache completely nor does it reduce the number of attacks. It is indicated for the acute treatment for migraine with or without aura in adults and also for pediatric patients who are in the age bracket of 6 to 17 years old. It is also used in the management of hemiplegic or basilar migraine.

Maxalt helps to relieve the symptoms of migraine attacks like nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound. The medication works by affecting certain natural chemicals in the brain known as serotonin that narrows the blood vessels thereby suppressing the pain.


Maxalt tablets can be taken by mouth by placing it under the tongue and allowing it to dissolve and can be swallowed along with saliva.

One can take 5 mg of Maxalt which is the usual recommended dosage and 10 mg of this medication is taken when greater effect is required.

It is recommended to be on an empty stomach when you are taking Maxalt. It is important to handle these tablets very carefully and should be used only with dry hands and open the package only when needed.

Side Effects

Maxalt tablets can cause serious side effects like cardiovascular including myocardial infarction or stroke. The signs and symptoms of allergic reactions with the medication comprises of shortness of breath, weakness, changes in speech, chest pain. Other severe side effects include skin allergies, high blood pressure, Raynaud’s disease, bleeding in the brain or between the skull, heart attacks or coronary artery spasm.

Relative contraindications

Taking Maxalt along with MAO inhibitors can cause serious and life threatening interactions. Taking matulane, certain ergotamines, nardil or drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease can result in severe drug interaction.

Do not consume alcohol and grapefruit juice when you are on medical course with Maxalt so as to safely avert drug interactions. Taking this medication more than ten days in a month can further aggravate the migraine.