Maxalt (rizatriptan) prescription available online 

If you are suffering from migraine headaches, Maxalt can help. Get a new prescription or refill of Maxalt from a board-certified doctor online.*

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Treats mild to severe migraine headaches

Available as a tablet or capsule

Not recommended to use for normal headaches

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About Maxalt 

Maxalt is a medication prescribed to treat mild to severe migraine headache. It aids in the relief of migraine attacks, distress, and other headache symptoms. Timely treatment allows you to resume your regular activity and may reduce the need for additional painkillers. 

Maxalt reduces serotonin secretion. It could also alleviate pain by influencing specific nerve cells in the nervous system. Maxalt will not stop future migraine headaches.

Maxaltis available only by prescription. Maxalt belongs to the serotonin 5 HT receptor agonists and triptan class of drugs. Maxalt generic name is rizatriptan benzoate.

Maxalt is available in tablet form (or orally disintegrating tablets) or capsule form.

It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage you are prescribed.

If you are prescribed Maxalt, be sure to complete the full course of the Maxalt unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the Maxalt medicine may not fully treat your migraines.

Maxalt uses

The FDA approved Maxalt to treat migraines, but it may also be used off-label to treat other conditions. Your online director may prescribe it for any of the following common reasons. It’s also possible that your healthcare provider may prescribe it for other reasons not listed here. Ask your online doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about why a medication is prescribed.

  • Migraines

    The FDA approves Maxalt for treating acute migraine in adults. It controls serotonin secretion, which causes blood vessels to constrict the nervous system. It has been found to be more effective than other painkillers. Maxalt usage also limits the need for other headache painkillers.

  • Depression

    The FDA does not approve Maxalt to treat depression, although it may be used off-label.

    The FDA permits the use of Maxalt for treating migraine in pediatric patients aged 6-17 years.

Maxalt side effects

The side effects of taking Maxalt are typically mild. However, sometimes you may experience less common side effects, or common side effects may become worse. In this case, immediately seek medical help from your healthcare provider. Always talk to your doctor for medical advice about side effects. Common side effects include:

    • Vomiting 

    • Tremors 

    • Dizziness 

    • Drowsiness 

    • Weakness 

    • Difficulty in sleep 

    • Diarrhea 

    Less common side effects include:

    • Bloody diarrhea

    • Blue colored  fingers 

    • Cold feeling

    • Difficulty breathing 

    • Blurred vision

    • Pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder

    • Chest pain

    • Sudden numbness

    • Sudden severe headache

    • Severe stomach pain

    • Muscle stiffness

    Stop using Maxalt and call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms.

How to take Maxalt

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Maxalt prescription.

Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Maxalt can come in different forms and doses, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. 

Dosage instructions for adults may include:

Take 5-10 mg of Maxalt at the initial level to relieve pain in adults. If the pain returns, take the next dose in 2 hours. You should not take more than 30 mg in one day. 

Dosage instructions for teenagers may include:
The dosing depends on the weight of the person. It is recommended not to take Maxalt more than 10 mg daily.

What to avoid while taking Maxalt

Maxalthas various drug interactions. Don’t change what you take without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter drugs.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

You should not take Maxalt with SSRIs, such as: 

  • Escitalopram

  • Fluoxetine

  • Citalopram

MAO Inhibitors

You should not take Maxalt with MAO inhibitors, such as: 

  • Isocarboxazid 

  • Phenelzine

  • Tranylcypromine

It is not recommended to take Maxalt with alcohol. You should ask your pharmacist before taking this combination in case of unexpected adverse reactions.

Medication alternatives to Maxalt

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Maxalt prescription FAQs

  • How much does Maxalt cost?

    Maxalt oral tablet 10 mg costs around $737 for 18 tablets supply. It varies from pharmacy to pharmacy and depending on your insurance coverage.

  • How can I refill my Maxalt prescription?

    Maxalt is only available by prescription, so you will need to see a board-certified doctor to get a refill on your prescription. To get started, book a virtual appointment with one of our top rated board-certified doctors. After a qualifying evaluation, your prescription will be sent to your local pharmacy for pickup.

  • What does Maxalt do to the brain?

    It prevents migraine pain by stopping serotonin production that constricts blood vessels in the nervous system. This stops certain pain signals from traveling to the brain.

  • Does Maxalt make you sleepy?

    Yes, it may induce sleep in patients. It is one of the side effects of taking Maxalt. You may feel tired and sleepy after using Maxalt.

  • Is Maxalt a painkiller?

    Maxalt is a painkiller specifically for migraine only. It is not recommended to use for normal headaches. 

  • Who should not take Maxalt?

    Pregnant females, mothers who are breast feeding, children under age 6 and persons allergic to Maxalt should first consult a doctor before taking Maxalt. Consult your healthcare provider if you are on any other drugs listed in the interaction section or any other. Before taking Maxalt tablet always tell your doctor about any medical history including coronary artery disease, heart disease, stroke, mini stroke, ischemic bowel disease or circulation problems.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Maxalt?

    If you missed a dose of Maxalt, immediately see your physician. Do not take it before the time of your next dose. Do not take more than one dose on your own.

  • Why can’t you take Maxalt every day?

    It can result in a condition that can induce more headaches instead of relieving head pain (medication overuse headache). You may experience migraine attacks more often with the overuse of Maxalt. You may become addicted to Maxalt. This medication can also increase serotonin levels in your body to a dangerous level and rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome.

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