Maxalt is a prescription medication that is used to treat migraines. It relieves the pain of a throbbing headache, which is the most common symptom of this condition. It can also help to alleviate other, less common symptoms, such as seeing flashing lights, speech problems and co-ordination difficulties. The active ingredient in this drug is called rizatriptan, which belongs to a class of medication known as triptans. These drugs help sufferers by attacking the source of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms. Triptans are usually used when painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol are not effective.
How does Maxalt Work?
It is thought that migraines occur as a result of serotonin – a natural chemical messenger in the brain – causing the blood vessels in the head to widens. Maxalt contracts the vessels back to their normal width, relieving the symptoms associated with migraines.
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a common condition characterized by a severe throbbing headaches.
As with most medicines, you may find that you experience side effects. These could include flushing, tingling, drowsiness and weakness. If your side effects continue or worsen, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Over the counter pain-killers such as paracetamol, aspirin or nurofen may help to reduce the symptoms of migraines.
They are most effective when taken as soon as the migraine starts.
Triptans are medications that can help to reverse the changes in the brain that may cause migraines.
Patient Information Leaflet
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.
Patient information can be found here.