- Branded version of Rizatriptan
- Used to treat migraines
- Relieves pain and symptoms
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What are Maxalt Melt wafers (Rizatriptan)?
Maxalt is the brand name for a medicine called rizatriptan.
Maxalt Melts are wafers which should be placed on the tongue; they will then dissolve and begin to alleviate your symptoms.
This medicine can be taken by adults over the age of 18.
What are Maxalt Melts used to treat?
Maxalt Melt wafers are used to treat migraines. Specifically, they relieve the pain associated with the headache part of a migraine attack.
Migraines are a common occurrence in many people in the UK. However, they can be very debilitating and painful, resulting in severe headaches, nausea and an increased sensitivity to light and sound.
This medication is ideal for adults who are unable to swallow whole tablets. All you need to do is place a wafer on the tongue and let it dissolve. You will then swallow the medicine with your saliva.
Maxalt Melt wafers get to work quickly, but if you are still suffering with symptoms, a second dose can be taken at least two hours later.
How do Maxalt Melts work?
A migraine is believed to be caused when the blood vessels around your brain widen.
As a migraine treatment, Maxalt Melt (rizatriptan) wafers work in two ways. Firstly, they narrow the blood vessels around the brain. Secondly, they reduce the amount of substances in the body which trigger symptoms of a migraine attack, such as head pain, sensitivity to light and nausea.
By narrowing the blood vessels in the brain, it relieves the throbbing pain that comes with a migraine, allowing you to go about your day.
This medication can only treat migraine symptoms when they have already started; it does not prevent future migraines or reduce your chances of getting them.
How to take Maxalt Melts
For the most effective relief from your symptoms, you should take Maxalt wafers at the onset of a migraine attack. However, it will also be effective if you take it later on during an episode.
Place one wafer on your tongue and allow it to completely dissolve. You do not need to take this medicine with water; your saliva will melt the wafer.
If the first dose is ineffective, or if your symptoms come back, you can take a second dose after at least two hours.
Do not take more than three wafers in 24 hours.
Read the patient information leaflet for full instructions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Who can take Maxalt (rizatriptan)?
Maxalt Melts (rizatriptan) are a fast-acting relief for migraine pain, but this medication may not be suitable for everyone to use.
This medicine should only be taken by adults who are at least 18 years of age. It is not suitable for children or adolescents.
You should not take Maxalt Melt wafers if any of the below apply to you:
- You have an allergy to rizatriptan benzoate, or any other ingredient contained in this medicine
- You have high blood pressure, including mild high blood pressure that is not currently controlled by medication
- You are currently taking any selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like sertraline or escitalopram oxalate
- You have peripheral vascular disease or any blocked arteries
- You have or have ever had any heart problems, including heart attacks, angina or chest pain
- You have ever experienced any symptoms of heart disease
- You are currently taking any serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) for depression
- You have severe liver or kidney problems
- You have ever had a stroke or a mini stroke
This list is not exhaustive. Always check the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings before you start to take a new medicine.
Can you buy Maxalt Melt over the counter?
Maxalt Melt wafers must be prescribed by a doctor. They are not available over the counter.
Can you buy Maxalt Melt online in the UK?
You can buy Maxalt Melt online from Medicine Direct after filling out an online questionnaire; this is to make sure that this medication is safe for you to take. Your answers will be reviewed by a registered prescriber, after which your order will be confirmed.
As long as you have ordered by 2pm, next day delivery is available.
Medicine Direct is fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council, meaning all of our medicine is approved for sale in the UK. Never buy any type of medicine online from anywhere other than a regulated pharmacy.
Maxalt Melt alternatives
If Maxalt Melt wafers are not suitable for you, there are plenty of alternative migraine treatments available.
Generic Rizatriptan tablets can also be bought from our online pharmacy. This medicine will get to work in the same way as Maxalt Melt wafers, but you will swallow the tablet whole rather than dissolving it on the tongue. We also sell several other triptan medicines, including Sumatriptan and Almotriptan.
If a child requires a migraine relief treatment, we stock over the counter medicines too. Anadin Extra contains a triple-action formula of paracetamol, aspirin and caffeine, which will get to work rapidly for comprehensive relief of symptoms. This medicine can be taken by people as young as 16.
Alternatively, Migraleve Pink can also be bought over the counter and can be taken by children over the age of 12. This medicine contains a triple-action formula of paracetamol, codeine and buclizine.
View our Migraine product page for a full list of medicines we stock.
Maxalt Melt Dosage
Our pharmacists and prescriber follow NICE guidelines when precribing Rizatriptan.
As Maxalt is so powerful, it is only necessary to sell it in 5mg and 10mg strengths. At Medicine Direct, we supply the 10mg dose of Maxalt Melts.
For those who begin to suffer from migraines, they will be given a prescription to take initial doses of 10mg. Patients cannot take more than 30mg within the same 24 hours.
If you have taken your first dose of Maxmalt and it has not yet started to work, you can take an aspirin-based painkiller such as paracetamol or an ibuprofen to help diminish the pain.
Always wait at least 2 hours before taking a second dose. If your migraine persists, you should go to your doctor.
What if I take more than I am supposed to?
If you take more Maxalt than you are supposed to, you should seek immediate medical attention. Make sure you take your medicine with you.
Signs you have taken too much may include vomiting, fainting, a slow heart rate, dizziness or drowsiness.
Maxalt Melt Side Effects
The more common adverse effects associated with Maxalt can be seen on the main page.
In rare cases, you may experience less common side effects while taking Maxalt. Although rare, some are quite serious; you should speak to your doctor immediately if you suffer from any of these reactions:
- Confusion or nervousness
- Facial or muscle pain
- Unsteadiness on your feet, vertigo, blurred vision, tremors or fainting
- High blood pressure, thirst, sweating or hot flushes
- Tightness in parts of your body or muscle weakness
- Changes of heart rhythms
- Slow heartbeat
In some instances, you may suffer a severe allergic reaction to taking Maxalt Melt and require urgent treatment in hospital.
Go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you experience any of these:
- You are wheezing
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
- You have a skin rash that is blistering, peeling, swollen, red or itchy
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- You have swelling in your face, mouth, throat, lips or tongue
Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of possible side effects.
Maxalt Melt Warnings and Drug Interactions
Maxalt may interact with other medications, which may be dangerous or make it ineffective.
When taking a new medicine, you should always inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicine you are already taking. That includes prescription and non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, supplements and vitamins.
You should take particular care with Maxalt if you are currently taking any of the following:
- Any other 5-HT1B/1D agonist or 'triptan' medications, such as sumatriptan
- Any monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, such as linezolid, or pargyline, or it has been less than two weeks since you stopped taking them
- If you are currently using methysergide to prevent migraine attacks
- If you are currently treating migraines by using any ergotamine-type medications such as ergotamine or dihydroergotamine
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like sertraline or escitalopram oxalate
- Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) for depression
- Any herbal medicines that contain St. John's Wort
If you are taking any of the above medicines, Maxalt products may not be suitable for you, so it is important you inform your doctor if you are using any of them.
To ensure you only purchase genuine medicine, you should only order this product online from a registered pharmacy like Medicine Direct. Online stores that are not registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GP), may sell you fake versions of this medicine, which can be ineffective or dangerous.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
It is not known if Maxalt is harmful to take while pregnant. If you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, you should speak to your doctor before you take this medicine.
If you are breastfeeding and take this medication, you should wait at least 24 hours after taking it before you breastfeed again.
Maxalt Melt Ingredients
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Rizatriptan benzoate
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
Medically Reviewed by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2076091
Published on: 12/10/2021
Updated on: 28/07/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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