Rizatriptan
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Rizatriptan

Medication features

  • Fast & Effective Migraine Relief
  • Better Value Version of Maxalt Melts
  • Family of Medicines Known as Triptans

Overview

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You can buy Rizatriptan in the UK from our registered online pharmacy service. Fill in an assessment and our doctor will provide a prescription free of charge, if appropriate. The prescription is then passed onto our UK pharmacy and sent for delivery.

What is Rizatriptan?

Rizatriptan is used to treat migraine attacks. It belongs to a family of medicines known as Triptans which are used as migraine treatments The symptoms of a migraine are generally strong headache pain, nausea & vomiting, and light sensitivity.

How does Rizatriptan work?

Migraine headaches do not have an exact known cause, but it’s thought likely that they are due to blood vessels widening in the head. To counteract this the medicine narrows the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow normally, allowing the migraine to pass quickly.

Is Rizatriptan effective?

The medicine is effective if used to treat the headache phase of a migraine attack in 76% of patients according to a study.
It should not be and will not work for the prevention of a migraine.

What alternatives are there for migraine relief?

Migraines can be treated in a number of ways. Each patient will respond slightly differently to each medicine. You should talk to your doctor to decide which one would be right for you.

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

Rizatriptan potential side effects

Almost all medicines have the potential for side effects, although not everyone will get them. Common side effects may include:

  • Tingling
  • Sleepiness/tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Facial flushing
  • Decreased skin sensitivity
  • High blood pressure

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

Info Leaflet

Before taking medicines you should be aware of the information contained in the patient information leaflet.

Directions

How to use Rizatriptan Tablets?

Take one tablet (10mg) at the first sign a migraine headache has started. 

If your migraine persists you may take a 2nd dose after two hours. If your migraine returns within 24 hours you may take another dose, however always leave at least 2 hours between doses. Do not take more than 2 doses within a 24-hour period.

If the medicine does not work for you, it is best to discuss your options with your doctor.

If the condition worsens you should seek medical attention.

Warnings

Do not take Rizatriptan if:

  • You have an allergy to any ingredient or have had an allergic reaction to a Triptan previously
  • You have had a heart attack or heart problems such as angina (chest pain)
  • You have uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • You have severe liver or kidney problems
  • You have had a stroke or mini-stroke
  • You are taking MAOI antidepressants
  • You are taking other migraine treatments of the same family

Using the medicine too often may lead to a medication overuse headache. This is a chronic headache that may result in you being required to stop treatment. Speak to your doctor if you suspect you may be experiencing this.

There are no special storage requirements for the medicine and it may be stored at room temperature.

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