Maxalt Melt 10mg Wafers
  • Maxalt Melt 10mg Wafers

Maxalt Melt 10mg Wafers

Medication features

  • Effective migraine relief treatment
  • Designed to relieve migraine symptoms quickly
  • Active ingredient Rizatriptan
  • Better value generic version available here

Overview

Buy Maxalt Melt Online in the UK

You can buy Maxalt Melt 10mg wafers from our online doctor and pharmacy service. We are registered in the UK to provide prescription treatments through our online assessments. If the medicine is appropriate for you, our doctor will provide a script to our pharmacy team who will dispense it and send it directly to your door via the Royal Mail service.

What is Maxalt Melt?

Maxalt melt wafers are a treatment for migraine attacks. They contain the active ingredient Rizatriptan, a medicine belonging to the class of medicines known as triptans. This treatment relieves the symptoms of migraine headaches by helping them to pass quickly.

How do Maxalt Melts work?

Maxalt Melts are in an oral lyophilisate, essentially, a wafer form. These are designed to dissolve in the mouth and be swallowed with saliva allowing the treatment to absorb quicker than standard tablets. 

Migraines are thought to occur due to the widening of the blood vessels in the brain, causing severe headaches, sensitivity to light, and nausea/vomiting. Rizatriptan treats migraines by narrowing the blood vessels, providing symptom and pain relief.

Is Maxalt Melt effective?

If taken at the onset of a migraine 76% of patients found triptan medicines effective for improving the symptoms of a migraine.

What alternatives are there for Maxalt Melt?

There are many different medicines for migraine relief, you may find one works better for you than others. You should discuss with your doctor which treatment may be the most effective for you.

Some alternatives include:

FAQ

What causes a migraine?

The causes of migraines are not well understood. It is thought to involve a change in brain activity. This change can temporarily affect blood vessels, chemical messengers, and nerve signals in the brain.  

There are many factors that can trigger an attack such as stress, hormonal changes, alcohol, and missing meals.

How long can a migraine last?

If someone has a migraine with aura, the aura stage generally lasts between 5 minutes and 1 hour. The headache stage of a migraine can last between 4 and 72 hours.

What happens during a migraine?

The main symptom is an intense headache that causes moderate or severe pain. Generally, it occurs on one side of the head and can cause a pulsating or throbbing sensation. This can prevent you from carrying out normal daily activities.

Other common symptoms that appear alongside these headaches are sensitivity to light, sweating, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Some people get temporary ‘aura’ symptoms before the main symptoms appear. These symptoms include pins and needles, difficulty speaking and visual disturbances. 

What is the best thing to do for a migraine?

A migraine attack can affect people differently and there is no perfect approach to treating one. Many people find lying in a dark room or sleeping can help. The main treatments used during an attack are painkillers (e.g ibuprofen, paracetamol), anti-sickness medicines (e.g Migraleve Pink), or triptans (e.g sumatriptan, rizatriptan).

What is the difference between a headache and a migraine?

Generally, a migraine headache is a moderate or severe headache and may be more severe than another type of headache. Migraine headaches are usually on one side of the head and cause a throbbing sensation. Other migraine symptoms are possible such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and aura.

More information is available from the NHS on different types of headache, such as tension-type headaches.

What are the stages of migraine?

Some people may not go through every stage of migraine. The stages are:

  • Pre-headache (prodromal) - causes changes in mood, energy levels, and appetite before other symptoms appear
  • Aura - temporary symptoms such as visual disturbances and pins and needles
  • Headache stage
  • Resolution stage - people often feel tired after the headache and other symptoms resolve

Side Effects

Maxalt Melt side effects

Much like all medicines, this medicine may cause side effects in some people, although not everyone will experience them. Some side effects may be related to the migraine itself.

Common side effects may include (1-10%):

  • A tingling sensation on the skin
  • Increased heart rate
  • Flushing of the face that passes quickly
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Tiredness

Uncommon side effects may include (0.01-0.1%):

  • High blood pressure
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Confusion
  • Rash, hives or swelling of the face/lips (usually an allergic reaction)
  • Muscle weakness

For a full list of possible side effects read the patient information leaflet.

If you experience any serious side effects, stop using the medicine and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

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Info Leaflet

You should always read the patient information leaflet before taking medicines.

Directions

How to use Maxalt Melt

Take one 10mg dose as soon as possible after a migraine has started. Allow it to dissolve in the mouth and swallow with saliva.

If your migraine is still present after two hours, do not take a second dose.

If your migraine returns within 24 hours, you may take a second dose however you must wait at least two hours between doses.

Maxalt Melt will take longer to absorb if taken after food. Take it on preferably on an empty stomach for faster migraine relief.

Do not take more than two doses within 24 hours.

Do not use the medicine to prevent a migraine, only to treat a current migraine.

Warnings

Warnings about Maxalt Melt

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you have:

  • Risk factors for heart problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of heart disease, or are over 40.
  • Kidney or liver problems.
  • Had an allergic reaction to any ingredients in the medicine in the past.
  • Other medicines which you take on a regular basis.

Overuse of the medicine may result in you getting a chronic headache. If this occurs stop taking the medicine and speak to your doctor.

Other Medicines and Maxalt Melts

You should not take Maxalt Melt if you are taking:

  • Other triptan medicines.
  • A MAO antidepressant
  • Ergotamine-type medicines
  • Methysergide to prevent migraines

Ingredients

Ingredients for Maxalt Melt

The active substance of the MAXALT MELT is rizatriptan. One oral lyophilisate contains 10 mg rizatriptan as 14.53 mg of rizatriptan benzoate. The other ingredients of MAXALT MELT oral lyophilisates are: gelatin, mannitol (E421), glycine, aspartame (E951) and peppermint flavour (composed of peppermint oil, maltodextrin and dextrin).

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