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Rizatriptan is used to treat migraine headaches, severe throbbing headaches, and nausea brought about by sensitivity to light and sound.

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  • Overview

    What is Rizatriptan and what is it used for?

    Rizatriptan tablets are an effective migraine relief medication, categorized as a selective serotonin receptor agonists.

    They tackle common symptoms of migraines and headaches, including pain, nausea and visual disturbances. Rizatriptan tablets only work when a migraine is active, unfortunately it does not prevent migraines. If you get migraines frequently, speak to your doctor who will be able to advise as to some lifestyle changes that can be made that will help to lessen the frequency.

    How does Rizatriptan work?

    Rizatriptan blocks pain signals from getting through to the brain, as well as feelings of nausea and other symptoms.

    Rizatriptan works by simply narrowing the blood vessels of the brain, preventing any pain signals from being sent, and at the same time blocking the release of substances that cause throbbing pain, nausea, and other severe migraine symptoms. The medication is not intended to prevent patients migraine attacks or minimize persistence of headaches.

    Rizatriptan and pregnancy

    Rizatriptan is not recommended for pregnant women. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are trying to conceive, speak to a doctor about other alternatives. If you are sexually active, ensure that you are on adequate birth control - speak to a doctor if you are unsure.

    Rizatriptan and driving

    As drowsiness is a common side effect of Rizatriptan you shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery when you are under the influence of Rizatriptan. As side effects can differ every time you take this medicine, it is a good idea to avoid driving altogether whilst taking Rizatriptan.

    Rizatriptan and alcohol

    Alcohol does not impact Rizatriptan directly, but it may cause the headache to worsen or give you a new headache. Therefore, it is not recommended that you drink while experiencing a migraine or taking Rizatriptan. Drinking may also cause you to experience more drowsiness, a common side effect with Rizatriptan.

    Rizatriptan vs Sumatriptan

    Sumatriptan is another type of migraine relief medication. Rizatriptan tablets are usually considered more effective than Sumatriptan tablets, but Sumatriptan is more commonly available in a variety of different forms. If you experience severe migraines, you can use a nasal spray or an injectable medication.

    Can I buy Rizatriptan online?

    You can safely buy Rizatriptan online at Cloud Pharmacy. You will first need to have an online consultation with our medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Rizatriptan is the right medication for you.

    Never attempt to self prescribe Rizatriptan, this drug is to be used strictly upon receiving a medical doctor’s prescription and instruction.

    You should confirm with your doctor that you are experiencing a particular type of migraine and that taking Rizatriptan will help. Once you are sure that you need this specific medication and you have had an online consultation with one of our pharmacists, you can safely buy Rizatriptan 10mg tablets with next day delivery available.

    Rizatriptan reviews

    A large proportion of Rizatriptan reviews shows a high approval rating for Rizatriptan as most patients found the treatment to be very effective.

    Rizatriptan is described by patients as a fast-acting reliever that effectively combats the painful symptoms associated with migraines. A few reviewers have gone on to say that in their experience of suffering from excessive migraines over the years, Rizatriptan is the most effective medication available.

  • Directions

    Rizatriptan dose amount and how to take it

    Rizatriptan must be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician or prescriber. Never take in smaller or larger amounts for longer than prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the prescription. Wrong use of this medicine can worsen your migraine headaches.

    Rizatriptan tablets should be taken orally as soon as you feel the onset of migraine symptoms or, if a migraine attack has already started. Most people take one Rizatriptan 10mg tablet when they experience a migraine - an additional tablet is permitted if your symptoms initially improve but return after two hours or more.

    However, if you do not experience any symptom relief, you shouldn’t take another tablet - instead, call your doctor, who will be able to advise you. You should only take one dose a day and do not exceed more than 30mg within a 24 hour period. The dosage is usually based on body weight and as such, it is important to consult your doctor to understand your limit.

    It is not advised to take Rizatriptan too often - this may cause your migraines to worsen. If you are taking Rizatriptan for more than ten days every month or for more than four migraines each month, consult your doctor.

    Who can take Rizatriptan?

    If you have certain medical conditions, you may not be able to take Rizatriptan. If you suffer from any of the following, speak to your doctor before taking Rizatriptan. You will need to find alternative medication if you have some of these conditions:

    • Allergies to any medications
    • Heart disease, including heart attack, angina, irregular heartbeat. Tell your doctor if any of your family members have had these issues
    • Have had a stroke, or a history of strokes in your family
    • Raynaud’s disease, which is characterised by problems with proper blood flow to the extremities of your body
    • Ischemic bowel disease, which includes stomach pain and bloody diarrhoea
    • If you are overweight, your doctor may consider other medications
    • Diabetes
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Kidney or liver disease
    • Phenylketonuria
    • If you are a smoker, speak to your doctor before taking a Rizatriptan tablet
  • Side Effects

    Side effects of Rizatriptan

    As with all medication, there exists the possibility that some patients might experience side effects. 

    Common Rizatriptan side effects

    • Dizziness
    • Tiredness
    • Diarrhoea, vomiting or an upset stomach
    • Pins and needles
    • Sensations of burning or warmth
    • Mild tremors
    • Pain in your muscles
    • Dry mouth

    If these side effects are mild, wait and see if they improve. If they do not or if they are severe or worsen, consult your doctor. 

    Serious Rizatriptan side effects

    If you experience any of these serious side effects, speak to your doctor immediately.

    • Fast or irregular heartbeat
    • Change in breathing pattern, such as shortness of breath
    • Pain or tingling in your hands or feet
    • Feeling lightheaded
    • Severe stomach pain
    • Diarrhoea with blood
    • Blueness in your fingers and toes
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Swelling of your hands, legs, or feet

    Some of these side effects can be a sign of a serious health concern, such as a heart attack or stroke. If you feel like your symptoms are severe, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

    If your condition does not improve or if your migraine headaches become severe or worsen, do not hesitate to contact a medical doctor. Never ignore side effects and symptoms especially if they are serious and overly persistent. 

    Rizatriptan allergic reactions are uncommon but do exist. If you experience the following, go to your local A&E immediately. Take the leaflet in your tablet box with you so the proper treatment can be administered:

    • A blistered, red or swollen rash and itching
    • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
    • Swelling around your face, including your tongue and throat
  • FAQ

    • What is A Migraine?

      Migraines generally start as a dull ache and then develop into a throbbing and pulsating constant pain that you will likely feel at the temples as well as the front or back of both sides of your head. The pain usually comes with bouts of nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to light and sound. Prior to a migraine attack, some people will experience something called an aura (about 25% of people who suffer from migraines).

    • What Causes Migraines?

      The cause of mingraines is stilll somewhat ambiguous however it is believed to be caused by a chemical reaction in the brain which leads to constriction of certain vessels, triggering the headache. There is thought to be both environmental and genetic factors which influence who gets migraine as well as susceptibility to migraine attacks.

    • How Do I Treat Migraines?

      Migraines can be treated using a variety of techniques, however unfortunately, there is no cure for migraines. The most common way to deal with migraines is to use a particular class of medcations known as triptans. Triptans are used to treat the acute migraine symptoms. However there are some prophylactic/preventative treatments that can be take for the treatment of migraine such as propranolo and topiramate.

    • What is A Migraine Aura?

      Around 20-25% of people who suffer from Migraine will likely have an aura prior to the migraine itself. An aura can be described as varying intensities of certain neurological symptoms that act as a 'warning sign' to tell you that you are about to have a migraine. An aura can manifest as you seeing wavy or jagged lines, dots or flashing lights- this often described as a chemical or electrical wave that moves accross the visual cortex. Auras can also lead to you having tunnel vision or blind spots in one or both eyes. There are other symptoms associated with a migraine aura such as auditory/visual hallucinations, changes in small (phantom smells), numbness, pins and needles or speech disturbances. 

    • Can The Weather Affect Migraines?

      For some people, weather changes can cause an imbalance in neurotransmitters and chmicals in the brain such a sereotning (5-HT), which can lead to more frequent migraines. Bright sunshine as well as hot and humid conditions may lead to your migraines being triggered. Some studies have shown that low barometric pressure can act as a trigger for migraines for some people.

    • What is A Migraine Trigger?

      Migraine triggers vary person to person; something that affects one person may not affect the other. Surveys, diary studies and clinical trials have inidicated that stress, menstrual cycle changes, weather changes, sleep disturbances, alcohol, and other foods are among the most common factors mentioned when it comes to triggering a migraine. To help prevent migraines it is important to keep a diary of when you have a migraine attack. This allows for you to pin-point what may be causing your migraine and therefore drastically reducing your chance of getting a migraine.

    • Am I More Likely to Get A Stroke if I Suffer From Migraine?

      Migraines are generally considered a relatively benign neurological condition. However, research has shown an association between migraines and stroke, and especially between migraine with aura and ischaemic stroke. Patients can also suffer from migrainous infarction (blood clot), a subset of ischaemic stroke that often occurs in the posterior circulation of younger women. The exact origina of migrainous associated infarction is not known, but it is theorised that the duration and local neuronal energy level from cortical spreading depression may be a prime factor.

    • Is There A Link Between Hormonal Changes and Migraine?

      Horomones are proteins that are responsible for the regulation and overall biochemical function of our body to allow for complete balance and homeostasis as your environment changes. If you have a hormonal imbalance in your body during menopause, pregnancy or mestruation it can lead to a migraine attack

    • What Medications Can Be Used to Treat The Acute Symptoms of Migraine?

      Acute medications are used to treat the pain of the headache after the migraine has started. Examples of acute migraine medications are some NSAIDS (ibuprofen/diclofenac/naproxen), ergots (ergotamine) and triptans (sumatriptan/rizrtriptan/zolmitriptan)

    • How Can I learn More About Migraines?

      There are a variety of resources available to learn about migraines online. We have summarised the most reliable sources on our cloud pharmacy blog: Migraines: More Than Just A Headache

  • Info Leaflet

    Rizatriptan patient information leaflet

    For more information about Rizatriptan tablets, please take a look at the information leaflet below:

  • Warnings

    A patient must not take Rizatriptan if they have any history of heart ailment, coronary heart diseases, blood circulation issues, angina, high blood pressure, low blood supply to the heart, history of stroke or heart attack, ischemic bowel problem, and if your headache appears to be far from the migraine headaches that you were always experiencing.

    Never take this anti-migraine medication if you have taken drugs that are categorised as MAOI or Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor such as phenelzine (Nardil), socarboxazid (Marplan), furazolidone (Furoxone), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate), and irasagiline (Azilect) in the past two weeks.

    To ensure you are eligible to take Rizatriptan, let your doctor know immediately if you have any other medical conditions such as:

    • Have undergone hysterectomy
    • Menopause
    • Coronary Heart Ailment
    • Liver Disease
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Heart Problems
    • Kidney Disease (If you have undergone dialysis)
    • Diabetes
    • Overweight
    • Have high cholesterol

    Let your doctor know if you are taking antidepressant drugs like Prozac, Sarafem, Celexa, Cymbalta, Luvox, Paxil, Pexeva, Zoloft, Desyrel, Oleptro, Effexor, Viibryd, and more.

    Remember that this drug is intended to treat only migraine headaches that has already begun and it will not prevent headaches or reduce the incidence of migraine headaches.  Right after taking the Rizatriptan tablet, allow two more hours before taking a next dose or tablet. You are not allowed to take more than 30 mg of Rizatriptan in a 24-hour period.

    Do not take Rizatriptan if you are pregnant, expecting to be pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant. There is no medical studies pointing to the efficacy of the drug when used by pregnant women. As much as possible, consult with your doctor before taking any medication.

    Lactating or breastfeeding mothers are also precluded from taking Rizatriptan. Children below 12 years old are also prohibited from using the medication.

    If you are driving, operating machinery, or are performing tasks that require your focus and full attention, refrain from taking Rizatriptan. The drug can cause users to be dizzy or nauseous and is dangerous for use by people who are driving or operating machinery.

    If your condition does not improve or if your migraine headaches become severe or worsen, do not hesitate to contact a medical doctor and inform them of your predicament. Never ignore side effects and symptoms especially if they are serious and will not go easily go away. Never attempt to self prescribe Rizatriptan, this drug is to be used strictly upon a medical doctor’s prescription and instruction.