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- Effective medicine for symptoms of a migraine
- Generic version of Maxalt
- Rizatriptan belongs to the group of medicines known as triptans
Rizatriptan treats migraines with or without aura. This drug belongs to a class known as triptans. Triptans work by constricting the widened blood vessels that cause migraine, resulting in alleviation of migraine pain and symptoms. The medication is not intended to prevent patient’s migraine attacks or minimize persistence of headaches.
Patient Information Leaflet (from EMC): https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/9893/pil
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Rizatriptan should be taken at the onset of a migraine, it will not work in preventing migraines, so do not take unless you have a migraine. If your headache returns after taking sumatriptan, you may take an
What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?
A headache is a dull pain on both sides of the head that lasts from 30 minutes to several days. Whereas a migraine is a throbbing pain usually at the front or one side of the head associated with other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
What treatments are available for migraines?
Painkillers such as paracetamol can be used to block the pain sensation. Stronger 5HT-receptor agonist medication known as ‘triptans’ can also be used to contract the dilated vessel, which relieves the pain and other associated symptoms, such as nausea.
What are the different types of migraines?
There are three types of migraines:
- Migraine without aura - there is no warning of onset
- Migraines with aura - warning signs of visual distortions
- Migraine with aura but no headache - only other symptoms present (e.g. nausea)
How long do migraines last?
It varies with each individual, but usually between 4 to 72 hours.
- Stomach pains
- Nausea & vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Throat discomfort
- Decreased skin sensitivity
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