What is this medicine?
RIZATRIPTAN (rye za TRIP tan) is used to treat migraines with or without aura. An aura is a strange feeling or visual disturbance that warns you of an attack. It is not used to prevent migraines.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine is taken at the first symptoms of a migraine. It is not for everyday use. Leave the tablet in the foil package until you are ready to take it. Do not push the tablet through the blister pack. Peel open the blister pack with dry hands and place the tablet on your tongue. The tablet will dissolve rapidly and be swallowed in your saliva. It is not necessary to drink any water to take this medicine. If your migraine headache returns after one dose, you can take another dose as directed. You must leave at least 2 hours between doses, and do not take more than 30 mg total in 24 hours. If there is no improvement at all after the first dose, do not take a second dose without talking to your doctor or health care professional. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
chest, jaw, neck, or throat pain, tightness, or pressure
confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
fast, slow, or irregular heart beat
increased or decreased blood pressure
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
severe stomach pain and cramping, bloody diarrhea
shortness of breath, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
muscle pain or cramps
weak or tired
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medicines:
amphetamine, dextroamphetamine or cocaine
dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergoloid mesylates, methysergide, or ergot-type medication - do not take within 24 hours of taking rizatriptan
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate - do not take rizatriptan within 2 weeks of stopping MAOI therapy.
other migraine medicines like almotriptan, eletriptan, naratriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan - do not take within 24 hours of taking rizatriptan
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bowel disease or colitis
family history of heart disease
fast or irregular heart beat
heart or blood vessel disease, angina (chest pain), or previous heart attack
high blood pressure
history of stroke, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes), or intracranial bleeding
kidney or liver disease
postmenopausal or surgical removal of uterus and ovaries
an unusual or allergic reaction to rizatriptan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Only take this medicine for a migraine headache. Take it if you get warning symptoms or at the start of a migraine attack. It is not for regular use to prevent migraine attacks.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can increase drowsiness, dizziness and flushing. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Smoking cigarettes may increase the risk of heart-related side effects from using this medicine.