What is Rizatriptan?
Rizatriptan is a medication used to treat the headache part of a migraine attack. It belongs to a type of medicines called selective serotonin 5-HT receptor agonists.
What is migraine?
Migraine is a common headache disorder, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. A migraine is usually characterised by a moderate to severe headache, felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head.
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
Migraine main symptom includes throbbing or pulsating headache on one side of the head. Usually associated with additional symptoms such as feeling sick or being sick and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The symptoms may vary from one individual to another and some may experience the additional symptoms without the headache. Also, migraine symptoms can last between 4 hours to 3 days.
How does Rizatriptan work?
Rizatriptan is a selective serotonin 5-HT reception agonist. This helps to reduce the swelling of the blood vessels surrounding the brain that occurs during a migraine attack.
How should Rizatriptan be used?
Rizatriptan should be taken as soon as possible after a migraine attack has started. If you have a second migraine attack in the current 24 hour period, take another dose. Do not take doses within 2 hours of each other, and do not take more than 2 doses in any 24 hour period.
Is Rizatriptan suitable for me?
Rizatriptan is suitable for use in adults only. Do not take Rizatriptan if you are medicated for blood pressure issues, have heart, liver, or kidney problems, if you have had a stroke, if you have reduced blood flow to your arms and legs, if you are taking MAO inhibitors, if you are taking ergotamine-type medications, or if you are taking other medicines in the same class as rizatriptan (e.g. sumatriptan, naratriptan, etc.). If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare professional before starting treatment. Do not take Rizatriptan if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.