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Rizatriptan & Maxalt

Rizatriptan, sometimes referred to as ‘generic Maxalt’, is a medicine used to relieve migraine. Rizatriptan contains the active ingredient with the same name, and belongs to a group of medicines called triptans.

See Rizatriptan (Generic Maxalt) 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
  • The treatment is solely for your own use
  • You are over the age of 18 and you have entered your own information for our identity verification checks
  • You have answered all the above questions accurately and truthfully
  • 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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Rizatriptan, sometimes referred to as ‘generic Maxalt’, is a medicine used to relieve migraine. Rizatriptan contains the active ingredient with the same name, and belongs to a group of medicines called triptans.

See Rizatriptan (Generic Maxalt) Tablets Patient Information Leaflet


What is Rizatriptan and what does it do?

Rizatriptan, sometimes referred to as ‘generic Maxalt’, is a medicine used to relieve migraine. Rizatriptan contains the active ingredient with the same name, and belongs to a group of medicines called triptans.

Rizatriptan tablets are indicated for the acute treatment of migraine attacks in adults, including migraine with aura. Rizatriptan provides migraine relief by reducing swelling of the blood vessels surrounding the brain.

When is Rizatriptan prescribed?

Rizatriptan 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.

Please note, Rizatriptan should only be taken once a migraine attack has started. It must not be used to try to prevent a future migraine attack.

Is Rizatriptan suitable for my condition?

Yes, if you have previously been diagnosed with migraine and are not taking any other medication that has the potential to interact with Rizatriptan, or have any medical condition that affects the suitability of this treatment.

Note, certain medicines and medical conditions may affect the suitability of this treatment. Rizatriptan should not be taken if any of the below applies to you:

  • If you are allergic or sensitive to rizatriptan or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.
  • If you have high blood pressure.
  • If you have or have previously have had heart problems or chest pain.
  • If you have previously had a stroke or mini stroke.
  • If you have liver or kidney problems.
  • If you are taking any medicine to treat depression, such as MAO inhibitors.
  • If you are taking any other medicines to treat migraine.

If you are unsure of the suitability of this treatment, consult your GP before ordering Rizatriptan.

What is the recommended dosage of Rizatriptan?

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.

Rizatriptan doses for adults

The recommended dose is 10mg (1 tablet). Do not exceed 2 doses (2 tablets in any 24 hour period. If the migraine returns, a second tablet can be taken no sooner than 2 hours after the first tablet.

Does Rizatriptan cause any side effects?

Yes, Rizatriptan may cause side effects. However, all medicines may cause side effects and this is not limited to Rizatriptan. Always read the patient information leaflet before use to familiarise yourself with the potential side effects.

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

  • Dizziness, sleepiness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Chest pains, throat discomfort.
  • Palpitations (irregular heart beat)

Contact your nearest surgery or clinic immediately if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction developing.

Can I reduce the risk of getting side effects?

Yes, to some extent. To reduce the risk of side effects caused by drug interactions, always let our doctors know about any medication you may currently take, as well as any medical conditions you may have. Please include this information when you fill in the medical questionnaire.

How do I buy Rizatriptan online?

To legally and safely buy Rizatriptan online you need a prescription from a GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctor. Our online 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.

If deemed suitable, the doctor will accept your request and a prescription will be issued. 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
Take ONE tablet at onset of migraine. Repeat dose after at least 2 hours if required. Repeat dose NOT to be taken if first dose did not work. Max 20mg daily.