Rizatriptan (RYE-za-TRIP-tan)

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10mg is generally used to manage headache. It consists of active ingredient Rizatriptan. The medicine also helps in reducing the substances in the body that initiate headache, pain and other migraine symptoms. The medication works by contracting of blood vessels around the pain. 

Quantity Strength Unit Price Price Cart
12 Tablets Maxalt 5mg Tablets $1.75 $21.00
36 Tablets Maxalt 5mg Tablets $1.73 $62.40
12 Tablets Maxalt 10mg Tablets $2.80 $33.60
36 Tablets Maxalt 10mg Tablets $2.58 $93.00


10mg binds to human 5-HT1B and 5-HT1D receptors with high affinity and provides agonist effects at these receptors on the extracerebral intracranial blood vessels which are assumed to become dilated during the time of attack and on the trigeminal sensory nerves. When these receptors get activated, intracranial blood vessels become constricted which are responsible to produce pain.

Dosage and how to take 10mg:

A single tablet of Rizatriptan should be taken as such with a full glass of water. There should be a gap of 2 hours between two tablets of Rizatriptan in 24 hours. More than 30 mg of dose of Rizatriptan should not be taken in 24 hours. After taking two tablets, headache does not relief, consult to the doctor before taking more tablets. Prefer to take these tablets in empty stomach because with food, absorption of the medicine gets delayed.


10 mg is contraindicated in the following conditions:

  • If the patient is having severe hepatic or renal insufficiency.
  • In patients with a previous cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
  • In conditions of moderately severe or untreated mild hypertension.
  • In case if the person is suffering from peripheral vascular disease.
  • In case if the patient is suffering from coronary artery disease, including ischemic heart disease, symptoms of ischemic heart disease, or Prinzmetal's angina.


 Drugs affecting 10mg:

Some of the medicines that show interactions with 10mg are:

  • Alpha blockers like Propranolol
  • An antidepressant such as citalopram, duloxetine, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, sertraline, trazodone, venlafaxine.

These medications if taken in combination with 10mg, can reduce the efficacy.


Side effects shown by 10 mg:

Side effects of 10mg are categorized into two groups:

Mild side effects:  rashes, improper breathing, swelling of face, tongue, lips, and throat.

Serious side effects:  pain or tightness in jaws, pain from arm to shoulder, nausea, sweating, weakness on one side of the body, severe headache, confusion.


In case of overdosing:           

Overdosing of the medication can cause high blood pressure, blurred vision, buzzing in ears, confusion, anxiety, chest pain, breath shortening, uneven heartbeats, seizures and headache. In case if these symptoms appear, rush to the nearby hospital immediately.

In case of missed dose:

The medication is always taken as needed and does not have a daily dosing schedule, so it is having less chances to miss the dose.

Storage of 10mg:

This medication should be stored properly at room temperature and away from moisture and heat.

Precautions while using 10mg:

  • The medication should not be used if the person is having any kind of allergy because 10mg contains some inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
  • This medication may impair your thinking ability or reactions. Thus, be careful while driving or while doing anything that requires alertness.