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Maxalt & Rizatriptan

Maxalt Melt Tablets are used to relieve pain and headache in adult patients diagnosed with migraine. The tablets are used as an acute treatment when a migraine attack develops and contain the active ingredient Rizatriptan.

See Maxalt (Rizatriptan) Melt Tablets Patient Information Leaflet

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  • Migraine medications, ergotamine or methysergide
  • Any other 'triptan' migraine medication, e.g. naratriptan, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan, almotriptan or eletriptan (Note: we advise that different types of 'triptans' should not be taken within 24 hours of one another)
  •  MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) or if you have taken an MAOI in the last 2 weeks (e.g. moclobemide, phenelzine, isocarboxazid and tranylcypromine)
  • SSRIs usually used to treat depression (Selective Seratonine Reuptake Inhibitors) e.g. citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxteine, sertraline and priligy
  • SNRIs used to treat depression (Serotonin Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors) e.g. duloxetine, dapoxetine, venlafaxine and mirtazapine, reboxetine, tryptophan, flupentixol, lithium, selegiline
  • St John's Wort (hypericum perforatum)
  • Cimetidine (for indigestion or stomach ulcers)
  • Propranolol (beta blocker)
  • Any current antibiotics (antibiotic course needs to be completed at least 72 hours before taking a triptan)
  • Antifungals (e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole)
  • The combined oral contraceptive pill (not the progesterone only mini pill)
  • Unilateral motor weakness, double vision, clumsiness or uncoordinated movements?
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Reduced level of consciousness, seizure-like movements (fits)
  • A recent rash with a headache
  • Headache confined to the back of the head
  • Recent marked deterioration in migraine (duration, severity or frequency of attacks)

Triptans include:

  • Imigran (Sumatriptan)
  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt)
  • Zomig (Zolimitriptan)
  • heaviness, pressure or tightness in the body (especially chest or throat)
  • palpitations
  • You will read the Patient Information Leaflet supplied with your medication
  • You will contact us and inform your GP of your medication if you experience any side effects of treatment, if you start new medication, or if your medical conditions change during treatment
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  • You understand our doctors take your answers in good faith and base their prescribing decisions accordingly, and that incorrect information can be hazardous to your health
  • You will inform your own GP of this purchase if appropriate
  • You are happy for your consultation to be reviewed by a European doctor company, and as such it is not subject to CQC Registration or inspection in England. 
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Maxalt Melt Tablets are used to relieve pain and headache in adult patients diagnosed with migraine. The tablets are used as an acute treatment when a migraine attack develops and contain the active ingredient Rizatriptan.

See Maxalt (Rizatriptan) Melt Tablets Patient Information Leaflet


What are Maxalt Melt Tablets and what does it do?

Maxalt Melt Tablets are used to relieve pain and headache in adult patients diagnosed with migraine. The tablets are used as an acute treatment when a migraine attack develops.

Maxalt Melt Tablets work by reducing the swelling of blood vessels in the brain. They belong to a group of medicines called triptans. Triptans are chemically known as 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor agonists.

When are Maxalt Melt Tablets prescribed?

Maxalt Melt Tablets may be prescribed to help people with diagnosed migraine. The tablets relieve the headache phase of migraine and should be taken as soon as migraine symptoms start to develop.

Maxalt Melt Tablets dissolves on the tongue and no water or liquid is needed. The tablets are suitable to treat migraine with and without aura.

Are Maxalt Melt Tablets suitable for my condition?

Maxalt Melt Tablets may be prescribed if you have previously had a clear diagnosis of migraine. This treatment should only be used to relieve migraine, and is not suitable for treating other types of headache.

Maxalt Melt Tablets may be suitable for patients who also experience nausea in conjunction with the migraine attack and find it difficult to swallow whole tablets.

Please note, certain medicines and medical conditions may affect the suitability of Maxalt. Do not take Maxalt if any of the below applies to you:

  • If you are allergic to Rizatriptan or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.
  • If you have severe high blood pressure.
  • If you have ever had heart problems or chest pain (angina).
  • If you have ever had a stroke.
  • If you are taking other medicines containing triptans.
  • If you are taking any MAO inhibitors.

What is the recommended dosage of Maxalt Melt Tablets?

You should follow the doctor’s instructions on how to take this medicine. The doses outlined below is for your reference only. Take the tablet as soon as your migraine headache starts.

Maxalt doses for adults

The recommended dose of Maxalt is 10mg (1 melt tablet). Allow the tablet to melt on you tongue before swallowing.

Please note, Maxalt may take longer to work if taken with or just after food. Do not exceed more than 20mg (2 melt tablets) in any 24 hour period. Leave at least 2 hours between tablets.

Do Maxalt Melt Tablets cause any side effects?

Yes, just like all medicines, Maxalt may cause you side effects. However, the susceptibility to side effects varies and not everyone will get them. Always read the patient information leaflet before use and familiarise yourself with the section about side effects.

Common side effects associated with taking Maxalt include, but are not limited to:

  • Tingling or decreased sensitivity of the skin.
  • Palpitations (irregular heart beat).
  • Flushing (redness of the face).
  • Feeling heaviness or tightness in certain body parts, including neck and chest.
  • Throat discomfort.

Can I reduce the risk of getting side effects?

Yes, by letting our doctors know about any other medicines you may take. Please include information about all other medicines you take when filling in the online medical questionnaire.

How do I buy Maxalt Melt Tablets online?

To legally and safely buy Maxalt Melt Tablets online you need a prescription from a GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctor. Our web-based doctor service allows you to request a private prescription through an online medical questionnaire. Once you have chosen your medicine and submitted the questionnaire, it will be assessed by one of our doctors.

As long as the treatment is deemed suitable, the doctor will accept your request and issue a prescription. Your medicine will then be dispensed by our UK pharmacy and sent by tracked delivery in a discrete parcel to your address. Your treatment is usually dispatched within 24 hours after ordering.

Dosage instructions
Dissolve ONE tablet on tongue at onset of migraine. Repeat dose after no less than 2 hours if required. Repeat dose NOT to be taken if first dose did not work. Max 20mg daily.