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What is Maxalt?

Maxalt is a medication prescribed to alleviate migraine headaches. It is not used to prevent a migraine from occurring, but it can relieve the painful and intense headache at the first sign of one starting. Maxalt may also be used for the treatment of milder migraine episodes that do not respond to over-the-counter analgesics like Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen).

You can buy Maxalt online at My Drug Center. We have the Maxalt generic alternative, called Rizatriptan, available for purchase as well.


How does Maxalt work?

Maxalt is an oral tablet containing the active ingredient Rizatriptan, which belongs to the group of medicines called Triptans. The Rizatriptan dosage in the drug works by increasing the sensitivity to serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that is involved in regulating mood and pain. It also induces blood vessels to contract, which relieves pressure in the brain that causes migraines.

Before taking Maxalt or the generic Rizatriptan, read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, at the first sign of a migraine. It may be taken with or without a meal, but may work faster when it is taken on an empty stomach. The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, response to treatment, and other drugs you may be taking. For children, the dosage is also based on weight.  Be sure to discuss other medical conditions, known allergies, and list any over-the-counter or prescription medications, and herbal products you are currently taking. This will help your doctor determine if Maxalt is the right migraine medication for you. 


Maxalt or the Rizatriptan generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Maxalt.

Maxalt may make you dizzy or cause drowsiness so do not drive or attempt any actions that require you to be alert until you know how your body reacts to it. This is not a preventive drug and is taken only to stop the pain as the headache starts. Maxalt is not prescribed for other migraines, including hemiplegic (only one side of head affected), basilar (bottom of head only), ophthalmoplegic (affects eye only), or for cluster headaches. Keep Maxalt and other meds out of children’s reach and never share them with anyone else.

Side Effects

Some Maxalt side effects include:

Fatigue, nausea, dizziness, pain or tightness in chest/neck/jaw, flushing, mild tingling of hands/fingers, hot flashes, and dry mouth.

If any side effects of Rizatriptan become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


What is Maxalt used for?

Maxalt is used for the alleviation of migraine headaches. Migraines are a moderate to severe type of headache which can cause multiple symptoms. Symptoms include headache pain (throbbing, pulsing, or pounding), sensitivity to sound and light (sometimes even smell), and nausea and/or vomiting.


What does Maxalt do?

Maxalt is able to help relieve symptoms of a migraine by decreasing the amount of serotonin in the brain which is associated with the development of migraines. Additionally, Maxalt will encourage the blood vessels surrounding the brain to contract to help relieve pressure that may be contributing to the migraine.


How long does Maxalt take to work?

For most, it takes about 30 minutes for Maxalt to become effective. However, some people find relief within 15-20 minutes and for others, longer than the typical 30 minutes. Response times for effectiveness will vary between each individual.


How to take Maxalt?

The information here may be different than how your doctor has directed you to take Maxalt; follow only your doctor’s directions on how to properly take this medication. Maxalt is an oral tablet; you must swallow it whole with a full glass of water, with or without food.


When to take Maxalt?

For the best results, take your dose as soon as you feel migraine symptoms beginning; the ““pre-headache” or “dull headache” stage.


How often can you take Maxalt?

If a single tablet does not give satisfactory relief or the migraine returns, another dose may be taken 2 hours after the previous dose, if the patient is older than 17 years old. You should not use this medication for more than 10 consecutive days in any 30 day period, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.


How many Maxalt can I take in 24 hours?

The brand manufacturer recommends taking no more than 30mg in any 24-hour period. Pediatric patients should take no more than 5mg-10mg in a 24 hour period depending on weight; the safety and effectiveness of multiple doses in a single day has not been established in those 6-17 years old.


Where to buy Maxalt online?

You can buy Maxalt online at My Drug Center. We carry both the brand name Maxalt as well as its generic alternative, which is sold as rizatriptan; both available in 5 or 10 mg with a valid prescription.


How much is Maxalt?

Maxalt, in the United States, is an expensive medication, even with insurance plans. It is a tier 4 medication. This means compared to other similar drugs, Maxalt will be more popular and will have a higher price. How much does Maxalt cost without insurance? A pack of 12 generic rizatriptan tablets (10mg) in the United States will typically cost over 3 times as much than what we offer; 12 generic rizatriptan tablets (10mg) for $71.00. This price is available with a valid prescription at My Drug Center.


When will Maxalt be generic?

A generic alternative for Maxalt has already been developed, manufactured, and marketed. It is sold as rizatriptan. At My Drug Center, rizatriptan can be purchased at an affordable price and in the same strengths as the brand name Maxalt (5 and 10 mg).


How long will Maxalt stay in your system?

Rizatriptan, or Maxalt, has a short half life of 2-3 hours. On average, it will take about 12.5 hours to clear out of your system following your last dose.

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