Rizatriptan Tablets 5mg + 10mg
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- Relieves Migraines And Tension Headaches
- Active Ingredient: Rizatriptan
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Rizatriptan 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.
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.
Rizatriptan is the generic version of the popular branded migraine treatment Maxalt.
Migraine symptoms may be caused by swollen blood vessels in the head. Triptan 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.
It 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.
It 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.
Rizatriptan is used to treat migraine attacks. Take it 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. You should always wait at least 2 hours between doses.
If you do not respond to the first dose during an attack, you should not take a second dose for treatment of the same attack. It is still likely, however, that you will respond to rizatriptan during the next attack.
Do not take more than 2 doses of 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 rizatriptan. You should leave at least 2 hours between taking propranolol and rizatriptan up to a maximum of 2 doses in a 24-hour period.
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.