Rizatriptan is used to treat migraines.
Take rizatriptan as directed when your symptoms first start. Place it on your tongue and allow it to dissolve, then swallow.
Do not remove the wafer blister from the outer sachet until just before taking the dose. The blister pack should be peeled open with clean, dry hands.
If your symptoms get better, but then return, you can take another dose after 2 hours.
If rizatriptan does not help, do not take any further doses for the same attack, as it is unlikely to work. You can still use rizatriptan for a new attack.
Do not take more than the maximum daily dose advised by your doctor.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with rizatriptan including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Pain, tightness or pressure in your chest, throat or jaw
Fast or irregular heartbeat
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Drowsiness, tiredness or weakness, dizziness
Burning sensation, tingling or numbness
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2020
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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