What is Maxalt used for?
Maxalt is used to manage migraine headache symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to sound/light, nausea and headache (and other pain). Maxalt is often used to preclude the need for other pain medication.
Using it at the onset of migraine symptoms can prevent disruption in one's daily tasks and activities. It prevents the narrowing of blood vessels in the brain regulated by serotonin. It also works with the nerves in the brain to prevent pain.
Frequently Asked Questions About Maxalt
Before using Maxalt for the first time, carefully read the drug information leaflet provided as proper use provides the most benefit. If your doctor or pharmacist has not already provided instructions or counseling, you can call them to be informed how to use Maxalt.
It is generally taken by mouth when you first notice migraine symptoms. You can take another dose, as directed, if symptoms persist after a few hours. Your dose may change depending on your condition and response to treatment.
You may need to take a heart exam if you have a history of heart problems to ensure Maxalt is safe to take. They may also need to monitor early in treatment to evaluate your response. If you rely on Maxalt too often, it may cause medication overdose headaches. Do not exceed your recommended dose and contact your doctor should your symptoms grow worse.
Some of the side effects can be similar to warning signs of heart attack. Your doctor should inform you about the difference and check your heart to make sure your risk of heart attack is minimal. See a doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Do not exceed three doses every during a 24-hour period.
The following drugs are known to interact with Maxalt. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- St John's Wort
- Ergoloid Mesylates
- Methylene Blue
Maxalt Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Maxalt, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Maxalt to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- sudden, large increase in the frequency or quantity of urine
- increased sweating
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- hot flashes
- heaviness, tightness, or pressure in the chest and/or neck
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- muscle or joint stiffness, tightness, or rigidity
- inability to sleep
- slow heartbeat
- muscle pain or spasms
- feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- heat sensitivity
- itching of the skin
- dry mouth
- pain, tightness, or pressure in the neck, jaw, or throat
- nausea or vomiting
- unusual feeling of well-being
- pounding heartbeat
- irregular heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- sensation of burning, warmth, heat, numbness, tightness, or tingling
- eye irritation
- dry eyes
- increased heartbeat
- lack or loss of strength
- trembling of the hands or feet
- blurred vision
- warm or cold sensations
- ringing or buzzing in the ears
- difficulty with swallowing
- Chest pain
- increased thirst
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.