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- Patient Information Leaflet
What is Maxalt Melt
Maxalt Melt 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.
Further information on migraines and Maxalt Melt can be found at NHS migraine.
Does Maxalt Melt have Caffeine?
No, Maxalt Melt does not contain caffeine. The drug's active ingredient is rizatriptan, a medicine in a class of prescription drugs known as "triptans". Triptans treat migraine headaches. Rizatriptan functions by reversing the expansion of blood vessels in the brain, which relieves the symptoms of a migraine.
Why choose Maxalt Melt?
If you suffer from migraines, you’ll likely know how agonising and disabling they can be. The pain these severe headaches can cause can make it difficult to enjoy life to the fullest and may affect your ability to get on with your day-to-day activities.
Many people turn to ordinary painkillers to tackle the problem, but sometimes pills like ibuprofen and paracetamol just aren’t effective enough. Unlike regular painkillers, Maxalt Melt reverses the changes in the brain that are thought to be responsible for migraines. Alongside all these benefits, Maxalt Melt can also be dissolved in the mouth, allowing a quick onset of action and also caters for all types of individuals who may find swallowing tablets difficult.
How effective Is Maxalt Melt?
As we have previously mentioned, the effectiveness of Maxalt Malt varies depending on a number of factors. However, in general, when you take the drug, as soon as the symptoms of the migraine appear, it will relieve most of the symptoms. Reports state that more than 75% of patients found triptan medicines, such as Maxalt Melt, to be incredibly effective for improving migraine symptoms.
How does Maxalt Melt 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 Melt contracts the vessels back to their normal width, relieving the symptoms associated with migraines.
What dose should I choose?
You should consult the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment before taking this medicine. Your ideal dosage will depend on a variety of different factors, including your condition, age and how you respond to treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about your dosage, you should speak to your doctor or contact one of our healthcare advisors, Jana Abelovska and Leonard Jones, at Click Pharmacy.
How should I take Maxalt Melt?
You should take your medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Normally, you will be advised to take one tablet when you begin to feel a migraine developing. If you are taking this drug in tablet form, you should swallow it with a glass of water. If you are taking it in wafer form, you can simply place it on your tongue and let it dissolve. Maxalt Melt is most effective when taken on an empty stomach. It can also be taken after a meal, although it will take longer to work.
How quickly does Maxalt Melt work?
Experts advise patients to take Maxalt Melt at the onset of a migraine attack, as it works best. In most cases, Maxalt Melt usually takes around 30 minutes to work. However, the exact timeframe may vary depending on when you took the drug and how severe the migraine is.
However, remember that Maxalt Melt contains the ingredient known as rizatriptan. This particular ingredient is only guaranteed to work for some patients. That is why consult your doctor if you find this medicine ineffective. It may be in your best interests to consider an alternative treatment.
What alternatives are there for Maxalt Melt?
The effects of Maxalt Melt vary depending on the individual. The primary factors considered are the severity of the migraine, longevity, and pre-existing conditions. Due to this, it is crucial to discuss your condition with your doctor to determine the most effective treatment for you. Various medicines are available for migraine relief, and you may find one works significantly better for you than others. The most common alternatives of Maxalt Melt include:
Warnings to consider before taking Maxalt Melt
It is vital to read the following warnings in a careful and attentive manner, as it will help you ensure that you are selecting an appropriate product that is suitable for your health.
Keep in mind that Maxalt Melt is unsuitable for you if:
● You are allergic to the active ingredient in Maxalt Melt, rizatriptan benzoate.
● You are allergic to any of the other ingredients in this medicine.
● You have high blood pressure or hypertension.
● You have had a heart attack or shown any heart disease indicators.
● You have had a stroke.
● You have or have had liver disease.
● You have or have had any severe kidney problems.
● You are currently taking monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants.
● You are currently on any other 'triptan' medicines.
● You are taking other migraine treatments.
Before taking Maxalt Melt, consult your general physician if you:
● Are at high risk of heart disease (for instance, if you smoke, have high blood pressure, or are diabetic).
● Have you had complications with your heartbeat?
● Take the herbal medication St. John's wort.
● Have a history of severe allergic reactions
● Are currently on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressants.
● Often experience a lack of coordination or dizziness during a migraine attack.
● Sometimes, feel a tightening of the chest during a migraine attack.
How do Maxalt Melt Tablets treat migraines and cluster headaches?
Migraines and Cluster Headaches are caused by blood vessels widening. Maxalt Melt Tablets cause these blood vessels to return to their original size, treating symptoms of a migraine.
What is the active ingredient in Maxalt Melt Tablets?
The active ingredient in Maxalt Melt Tablets is rizatriptan benzoate. This ingredient is effective at causing blood vessels to return to their original size, resulting in symptoms improving.
Are Maxalt Melt Tablets suitable for everyone to use?
Maxalt Melt Tablets are not suitable for everyone to use, you should not use this drug if you have any of the following:
- High blood pressure
- Any heart related problems
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Had a stroke or heart attack
Can I combine other medication with Maxalt Melt Tablets to treat my migraines?
You should not combine any other medication for the treatment of migraines with Maxalt Melt Tablets. The combination of drugs could interfere, possibly causing severe damage to the body.
Can I take Maxalt Melt Tablets on an empty stomach?
You can take Maxalt Melt Tablets with or without food, however it is recommended to take them on an empty stomach as the medicine works better this way.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Maxalt Melt Tablets for the treatment of migraines and cluster headaches?
You should consult with a GP, pharmacist or midwife before using Maxalt Melt Tablets if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I store Maxalt Melt Tablets?
You should store Maxalt Melt Tablets in a cool dry place, out of reach from children, at room temperature. This drug should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.
After using Maxalt Melt Tablets you can experience a varied number of side effects, although not everyone experiences the same side effects. Common side effects include the following;
- Redness of face
- Throat discomfort
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal cramps/pains
- Unpleasant taste in mouth
These side effects should disappear over time. If any of these side effects worsen you should stop using Maxalt Melt Tablets and seek medical advice, from a GP or pharmacist, as soon as possible.