How does MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF work?
MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF belongs to a class of migraine medications called triptans, which specifically target migraine pain. They do this by decreasing blood vessel widening in the brain. Triptan migraine relievers also block the release of certain chemicals which contribute to migraine pain and other migraine symptoms.
Can MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF be used for tension headaches or cluster headaches?
MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF is designed specifically as a migraine headache treatment. If you’re unsure whether your headaches are due to migraine, talk to your doctor.
What is the difference between migraine vs headache?
Migraine is more than just a severe headache. In fact, headache is just one of many migraine symptoms which affect the whole body, including nausea, sensitivity to light, sound or smells, dizziness and extreme fatigue. Some people also experience migraine aura before or during a migraine attack, which can cause flashing of light, blind spots, tingling or difficulty speaking. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure whether your headaches are due to migraine.
What causes migraine?
Though migraine causes aren’t fully understood, changes in brain chemicals like serotonin are thought to be involved. Certain things can trigger migraines like hormonal changes in women, alcohol, stress, certain foods or changes in the weather. Getting to know your migraine triggers can help you avoid them and prevent migraines.
Can I buy MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF without a prescription?
MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF wafers are available from your pharmacy without a prescription, after speaking to a pharmacist. You will need to have been previously diagnosed with migraine by a doctor. If you have never been diagnosed with migraine, visit your GP.
How much MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF can I take?
The standard dose is 10 mg, which is equal to 2 x 5 mg wafers. If the first MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF dose helps your migraine but it comes back later, you may take another 2 wafers, at least 2 hours after the first dose. Do not take more than 30 mg (6 x MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF 5 mg wafers) in a 24-hour period.
How do I take MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF?
Fast-dissolving MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF wafers can be taken without water. Place each wafer on your tongue with dry hands. Wafers will dissolve rapidly and be swallowed with your saliva.
When should I take MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF?
MAXALT is most effective when taken as early as possible in a migraine attack, when your migraine headache or other migraine symptoms start. MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF can still provide migraine relief if taken later during the migraine attack.
Does MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF have any side effects?
Like all medicines, MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF may have side effects in some people. If you do experience side effects, most are minor and temporary, such as dizziness, sleepiness and tiredness. Refer to the Consumer Medicine Information for more details or speak to your healthcare professional.
Who should not take MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF?
You should not take MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF if you are allergic to rizatriptan benzoate, or any of the ingredients listed on the pack. MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF may not be suitable for you if you have or have previously had certain medical conditions. If you have taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors in the last 2 weeks, you should not take MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF. Always tell your pharmacist about any allergies, medical conditions or medications you are taking before using MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF.
What should I keep in mind while taking MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF?
MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF may cause dizziness or sleepiness in some people. Make sure you know how MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF affects you before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are sleepy or dizzy. It’s also important not to use MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF more than 10 days a month. Using it more often than this can cause medication overuse headache. If you feel you need MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF more than 10 days a month, talk to your doctor.
Can I give MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF to my child?
No. MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF should not be given to children under 18 years of age. Talk to your GP about suitable options for children with migraine.
Can I take MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF if I’m pregnant or trying to become pregnant?
Like many medicines, MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Talk to your pharmacist if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Can I take MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF if I’m breastfeeding?
It is not known whether MAXALT passes into breast milk. Talk to your pharmacist if you are breastfeeding or intend to breastfeed.
Can I use MAXALT MIGRAINE RELIEF for chronic migraine?
If you have recurrent or chronic migraines, it’s best to talk to your doctor about how to manage your condition.