What is Rizatriptan used for?
Rizatriptan is used for the treatment of migraine headache.
Rizatriptan may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Rizatriptan work?
Rizatriptan belongs to the class of drugs called serotonin agonists. It works by stimulating 5HT receptors in the brain, which helps in narrowing the abnormally dilated blood vessels. This relieves the pain associated with migraine headaches.
How to take Rizatriptan?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Rizatriptan as prescribed by your doctor.
Take Rizatriptan on an empty stomach, because the presence of food can delay its absorption and effect. You can take the drug immediately if you experience a migraine headache. Avoid taking more than two dose in 24 hours.
What are the drugs that interact with Rizatriptan?
The drugs that interact with Rizatriptan are:
- Ascorbic acid
What are the side effects of Rizatriptan?
The following are the most common side effects of Rizatriptan:
- Tingling sensation
The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Discomfort in the chest
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while taking Rizatriptan?
- Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Rizatriptan
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Rizatriptan causes dizziness or blurred vision.
- Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may cause excessive drowsiness when taken with Rizatriptan.
You are advised not to take Rizatriptan if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Rizatriptan?
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Rizatriptan.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Inform your doctor about the pre-existing heart, liver or kidney problems.
Frequently asked questions about Rizatriptan
- Is Rizatriptan safe for pregnant women?
- Can I recommend Rizatriptan to a person having the same symptoms?
- How is Rizatriptan stored?
- Can I take a higher dose of Rizatriptan to get relief from severe migraine headache?
No, Rizatriptan is not safe for use in pregnant women as it may affect the foetus. However, please consult your doctor.
No, it is not advised to recommend any drug to even a person having the same symptoms, without the doctor’s consent.
Rizatriptan is stored at room temperature between 20 – 25 °C. Keep it away from sunlight, heat and moisture.
No, do not alter the dose of Rizatriptan without the doctor’s consent. Taking Rizatriptan higher than the prescribed dosage may increase the risk of side effects.
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