Rizatriptan is a headache medicine that narrows the blood vessels around the brain. Rizatriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms. Rizatriptan is used to treat migraine headaches. Rizatriptan will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks. Rizatriptan should not be used to treat a common tension headache, a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of your body, or any headache that seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches. Use this medication only if your condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches. Rizatriptan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Maxalt-MLT or Rizatriptan is a 5-HT 1 receptor antagonist which belongs to a group of drugs called triptans and is mainly used in the management of migraine headaches which can either be preceded by an aura or not. Rizatriptan is one of the many 2nd generation triptans available worldwide. They are mostly available in oral disintegrating tablets of 5mg and 10mg. This type of drug has been proven effective in the management of migraines in that it also caters for associated symptoms. Caution should be taken in patients who have an underlying cardiac pathology or arterial or venous anomalies.