Maxalt Melt (Rizatriptan) Orodispersible 10mg
£27.99 – £42.99
- Fast Acting Migraine Treatment
- Active Ingredient: Rizatriptan
- Ideal For Those With Swallowing Difficulties
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
Stop migraines in their tracks with Maxalt, the fast-acting migraine and severe headache relief treatment. Maxalt relieves common symptoms including: pain and pressure in the head, increased sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting. Maxalt belongs to a group of drugs called Triptans or 5-HT1 receptor agonists. These work by reversing the changes in the brain which cause migraines, rather than just masking the pain like traditional pain killers do. Maxalt Melt Orodispersible is recommended for patients with swallowing difficulties as it quickly dissolves once placed on the tongue without any need for liquid. Take the recommended dosage for fast-acting relief in just 30 minutes, allowing you to carry on with your day.
A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head.
Many people also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.
There are several types of migraine, including:
migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs
migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache doesn’t develop
Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.
When to seek medical advice
You should see your GP if you have frequent or severe migraine symptoms.
Simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be effective for migraine. However, be careful not to take too many painkillers as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.
You should also make an appointment to see your GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than five days a month), even if they can be controlled with medication, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.
Causes of migraines
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain.
Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.
Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:
poor quality sleep
neck or shoulder tension
low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
strenuous exercise, if you’re not used to it
starting their period
missed, delayed or irregular meals
the food additive tyramine
caffeine products, such as tea and coffee
specific foods such as chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese
flickering screens, such as a television or computer screen
smoking (or smoky rooms)
changes in climate, such as changes in humidity or very cold temperatures
a stuffy atmosphere
There’s no cure for migraines, but a number of treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms.
painkillers – including over-the-counter medicationssuch as paracetamol and ibuprofen
triptans – medications that can help reverse the changes in the brain that may cause migraines
anti-emetics – medications often used to reduce nausea and vomiting
During an attack, many people find that sleeping or lying in a darkened room can also help.
If you suspect a specific trigger is causing your migraines, such as stress or a certain type of food, avoiding this trigger may help reduce your risk of experiencing migraines.
It may also help to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, sleep and meals, as well as ensuring you stay well hydrated and limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
If your migraines are severe or you’ve tried avoiding possible triggers and are still experiencing symptoms, your GP may prescribe medication to help prevent further attacks.
Migraines can severely affect your quality of life and stop you carrying out your normal daily activities. Some people find they need to stay in bed for days at a time.
However, a number of effective treatments are available to reduce the symptoms and prevent further attacks.
Migraine attacks can sometimes get worse over time, but they tend to gradually improve over many years for most people.
Maxalt Melt is the branded version of the popular migraine drug Rizatriptan in wafer form. The wafers dissolve on the tongue provideing a fast action without the need for water and can be helpful when patients have swallowing difficulties or nausea.
Migraine symptoms may be caused by swollen blood vessels in the head. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is thought to reduce the widening of these blood vessels. This helps to take away the headache and other symptoms of a migraine attack, such as feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) and being sensitive to light and sound.
Rizatriptan belongs to a group of medicines called triptans(also known as 5-HT1 receptor agonists). Triptans can relieve symptoms when more traditional treatments such as painkillers have been ineffective. Traditional painkillers like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can be beneficial by providing some temporary relief and mask the pain, but often are just not enough.
Maxalt Melt (Rizatriptan) provides fast-acting relief from symptoms of even severe migraine. IT can also help nausea, stiffness in the neck and shoulders and sensitivity to light and sound. For those who have trouble taking tablets (swallowing or nausea) , the wafers are ideal. The wafers dissolve quickly on the tongue and are swallowed with saliva, creating an easy and comfortable way to consume effective migraine relief medication.
Using Maxalt Melt?
MAXALT MELT is used to treat migraine attacks. Take MAXALT MELT as soon as possible after your migraine headache has started. Do not use it to prevent an attack.
The usual dose is 10 mg. If migraine returns within 24 hours, you can take an additional dose of MAXALT MELT. You should always wait at least 2 hours between doses.
If you do not respond to the first dose of MAXALT MELT during an attack, you should not take a second dose of MAXALT MELT for treatment of the same attack. It is still likely, however, that you will respond to MAXALT MELT during the next attack.
Do not take more than 2 doses of MAXALT MELT in a 24-hour period, You should always wait at least 2 hours between doses.
If you are currently taking propranolol or have kidney or liver problems you should use the 5-mg dose of MAXALT. You should leave at least 2 hours between taking propranolol and MAXALT MELT up to a maximum of 2 doses in a 24-hour period.
How to administer
Open the MELT oral lyophilisate blister pack with dry hands.
The oral lyophilisate should be placed on your tongue, where it dissolves and can be swallowed with the saliva.
The oral lyophilisate can be used in situations in which liquids are not available, or to avoid the nausea and vomiting that may accompany the ingestion of tablets with liquids.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine.
In adult studies, the most common side effects reported were dizziness, sleepiness and tiredness.
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
tingling (paraesthesia), headache, decreased sensitivity of skin (hypoaesthesia), decreased mental sharpness, insomnia
fast or irregular heart beat (palpitation),
flushing (redness of the face lasting a short time)
feeling sick (nausea), dry mouth, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion (dyspepsia)
feeling of heaviness in parts of the body, neck pain, stiffness
pain in abdomen or chest
For a full list of the side effects seethe manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet
Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.