MAXALT Reviews

Average Rating: 4.0 (312 Ratings)

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 4  Migraines Memory , forgetful, sluggish Expensive medication F 61 10 days
10 mg 1X D
 4  Migraine I take Rizatriptan maybe once every other month for migraines. I've noticed the last few times I've taken it I get a mild burning sensation inside my nose and the frontal sinuses about an hour after taking it. Also a bit groggy and mild nausea. It gets rid of my migraines very effectively F 46 2 years
 1  Chronic migraines Severe burning on my head along with God awful prickeling sensation. Also a feeling of a partially swollen throat (it did not appear swollen). Did not get rid of migraine at all. F 23 1 days
 4  Migraine I have taken triptans for about 30 years, Maxalt around 8 years. Last couple of years side effects have become very noticeable, especially very tired, weak limbs, chest pain, shaking/tremors, twitching all over, joint and muscle pain- not all of them all the time but side effects seem to be getting worse. Although Maxalt is effective in getting rid of migraine, rebound headaches are becoming an issue. F 47 8 years
 5  migraine Sometimes when my migraine is severe i take a second maxalt and i feel really tired and a bit sluggish the next day apart from that no real side effects Maxalt has really been a life saver for me after suffering with with bad migraines for many years and frequently up to 3 a week sometimes this medication really works for me and lets me work and live allot more normal life. M 43 2 years
10 MG 3X W
 5  Migraines Frequent Urination. Cold Nose. Drowsiness. Heavy limbs. F 23 10 years
10 mg 1X AN
 3  Migraines A severe burning sensation and headache I cannot get the burning to stop! F 13 1 days
5 MG
 4  Migraine heavy limbs, tired, tight jaw, "spacey", nose gets SUPER cold M 40
10 mg 1X AN
 5  Unrelenting vicious migraines 4 day Increased urination as migraine desists, then horrible bone ache throuhout body, esp spine, fluid shift from peripheral to central. There is nothing else that remotely touches the pain, and if taken promptly, I will avoid having to take anti-nausea supp. For there is nothing so helpless as when the projectile vomiting begins. F 66 10 years
 3  Migraines I take the generic Maxalt and although it does take migraine away, Im always scared of taking it cause of side effects. Chest and throat tightness, trouble swallowing, stomach burns, half my body feels heavy and slight numbness on half of face I only take this if I really really can't take headache anymore because I hate the side effects of Maxalt. Also, takes a good 1 hr to start working F 38 4 months
 4  migraines I usually get about 2-4 migraines a month. Initially exhaustion was the side effect. However, the last few months I have noticed that my memory is not the same. This is the only prescription medicine I take. My memory is failing. I am 53 yrs old. I have suffered w/migraines since I was a kid and a migraine would last up to 72 hours. Initially thought Maxalt was a miracle drug. I take it as soon as the migraine starts. Usually 1 pill (10 mgs) resolves it w/in an hour. Sometimes the migraine is so severe after 2 hours I have to take another dose, but the 2nd dose always stops the pain & all the other symptoms. When the pain is gone I am usually left w/severe exhaustion & feeling like I got hit by a truck. But since the migraine is gone w/in a few hours I just sleep off the exhaustion. However lately I have noticed that my memory is not the same. Very scary! Hoping the memory loss is reversible once I stop the rizatriptan. F 53 3 years
10 mg 1X AN
 4  Migraines Very tired and sluggish, slow mental response time. I find that the Maxalt works best with two asprin, something about the caffine in the asprin makes it work better. My migraine is usually gone within 1 1/2 hours. If I do have to take more than 1 for a single migraine I do experience the "medicine hangover" the next day. F 45 5 years
10 MG 1X AN
 5  Severe migraines It makes me a little sleepy. But that's fine. It helps to sleep headache off. F 50 1 years
10 -20 MG
 5  Cluster headaches Slightly drowsy but worth it I take Maxalt generic (Rizact from India) as soon as I feel the onset of early symptoms (light headed, feel warm, sinuses drain) and it aborts the cluster. taking it after the cluster is in full pain mode does not work. then I take imitrex inject M 47 7 days
2 x 10mg 1X D
 5  Migraine headaches Sleepiness Best drug on the market for my migraines F 56 1 days
30 mg
 5  Chronic acute rmigraines With brand Maxalt I had no side effects. It melted quickly, had a decent, minty, taste and worked amazing, if taken as prescribed, at the very onset of migraine. I'm STUCK with the generic now and I hate it. The taste is awful and it takes much longer to melt and work. When I have nausea, with my migraine, the foul taste makes me gag. F 47 5 years
10 mg
 4  Migraine Severe pain both lower sides of my stomach and nausea for at least 24 hours post. Works to end headache within 2 hours but stomach pain is bad. Previously only IV magnesium and/or steroids ended any of my frequent migraines. F 19 90 days
10 2X D
 5  Disabling migraine Groggy, bad taste in mouth, dry mouth, visual disturbance and photophobia up to 24 hours after migraine, hyper sensitive to smell, change to colour and smell of urine, foul body odour, hangover type feeling for 18-30 hours after migraine clears. ***i have experienced frightening serotonin syndrome symptoms almost immediately after taking MAXALT when cluster migraines have caused me to miss a dose of SSRI meds*** It clears my migraines better than anything else. If I can take it immediately my pre migraine symptoms occur, no side effects and only mild migraine develops and clears within 60 minutes. If taking MAXALT once migraine symptoms have begun, it takes around 2 hours to clear and puts me to sleep for about 40 mins:but I awake without the severe pain. MAXALT is a godsend for me. At best other treatments only reduce the pain by about half, and shorten migraine duration to around 24 hours. The side effects are worth it - except for the serotonin syndrome which is scary; I now keep a dosette box so I can check whether the SSRI has been administered: and if not, I take it with the MAXALT. F 49 1 years
2X D
 4  Severe Migraines I take this med 1-2 times a day PRN (when needed). Typically several times per month. No noticeable side effects. Works well for my migraines. Still leaves me with a bit of my tension HA, but that is not what it is for, so that is reasonable. Tension HA's are a small component of my HA syndrome. F 50 1.5 years
10 1X D
 5  Migraines Mild diarrhea occurs the following day. Upset stomach is worse if I take maxalt more than one day in a row. Occasional tightening of the throat or jaw sensation, but doesn't last as long as it did with other medications. Have previously taken Imitrex and relpax ,the maxalt melt tablets work faster and more effectively for me with less side effects. Allows me to function and get back to my life instead of dropping everything and going to bed. F 30 2 years
10 mg

MAXALT  (RIZATRIPTAN BENZOATE):  Rizatriptan is used to treat migraines. It helps to relieve headache, pain, and other migraine symptoms (including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light/sound). Prompt treatment helps you return to your normal routine and may decrease your need for other pain medications. Rizatriptan belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans. It affects a certain natural substance (serotonin) that causes narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. It may also relieve pain by affecting certain nerves in the brain. Rizatriptan does not prevent future migraines or lessen how often you get migraine attacks.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)