Maxalt (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.

Maxalt is used to treat migraine headaches. Maxalt will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.

Maxalt 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.

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  • Maxalt, Maxalt-MLT
  • More common
    Chest pain
    heaviness, tightness, or pressure in the chest and/or neck
    pounding heartbeat
    sensation of burning, warmth, heat, numbness, tightness, or tingling
    shortness of breath
    Less common
    Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    increased heartbeat
    irregular heartbeat
    pain, tightness, or pressure in the neck, jaw, or throat
    slow heartbeat
    Some of the side effects that can occur with rizatriptan may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Dizziness
    dry mouth
    hot flashes
    lack or loss of strength
    nausea or vomiting
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Less common
    Agitation
    anxiety
    blurred vision
    chills
    confusion
    constipation
    depression
    diarrhea
    difficulty with swallowing
    dry eyes
    eye irritation
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    gas
    headache
    heartburn
    heat sensitivity
    inability to sleep
    increased sweating
    increased thirst
    irritability
    itching of the skin
    muscle or joint stiffness, tightness, or rigidity
    muscle pain or spasms
    ringing or buzzing in the ears
    sudden, large increase in the frequency or quantity of urine
    trembling of the hands or feet
    unusual feeling of well-being
    warm or cold sensations
  • (rizatriptan benzoate) tablet, oral ; tablet, orally disintegrating