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Rizatriptan - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Rizatriptan is used to treat migraine headaches. It helps to reduce pain and other symptoms associated with a migraine headache.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Rizatriptan exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine may be taken with or without food.

Rizatriptan is available in tablet and orally disintegrating tablet.

If you have been given the orally disintegrating tablet, place the tablet on the tongue and allow to dissolve and be swallowed with saliva.

Take Rizatriptan only when you have a migraine attack. Do not take this medicine if you do not have a migraine attack.

Rizatriptan should be taken at the first sign of a migraine headache. If your migraine headache does not go away after taking the first dose, do not take a second dose without first asking your doctor. If your doctor says that you can take a second dose, wait for at least 2 hours from the time you took the first dose before taking the second dose.

Do not take more than 10 mg of Rizatriptan in a 24-hour period.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have:

- severe liver disease
- severe kidney disease
- severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure
- heart disease
- history of stroke
- blood circulation problems
as Rizatriptan may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Rizatriptan if you have already taken similar migraine medicine e.g. almotriptan, eletriptan, naratriptan or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.

Do not take Rizatriptan if you have taken any migraine medicine which contains ergotamine or methysergide in the last 24 hours.

Do not take this medicine if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as MAO inhibitors or within 14 days of stopping the MAO inhibitor.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following:

- diabetes
- obesity
- high cholesterol
- undiagnosed headaches

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Notify your doctor if you smoke or a chain smoker.

Rizatriptan should not be taken to prevent or reduce the number of migraine attacks.

Your doctor may need to do a medical examination and various tests before starting you on this medicine.

If you have an increased risk of heart disease, your doctor may advise you to take your first dose of Rizatriptan in the clinic so that he can monitor your response. You will also be required to have regular heart check-ups while being treated with this medicine.

Rizatriptan is not a painkiller. Do not take this medicine for any other purpose other than to relieve a migraine headache.

What side effects could I experience?

Rizatriptan may cause dizziness and tiredness. This medicine may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects of Rizatriptan include any of the following: nausea, weakness, headache, dry mouth, hot flushes, diarrhoea and stomach pain.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- fast and irregular heart beat
- numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet
- tightness, pain, pressure or heaviness in the chest area, throat or jaw

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Rizatriptan if you have already taken similar migraine medicine e.g. almotriptan, eletriptan, naratriptan or zolmitriptan in the last 24 hours.

Do not take Rizatriptan if you have taken any migraine medicine which contains ergotamine or methysergide in the last 24 hours.

Do not take this medicine if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as MAO inhibitors or within 14 days of stopping the MAO inhibitor.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- propranolol (medicine for heart disease)
- medicines for mood disorder e.g. clomipramine, doxepin
- a herbal supplement called St John's wort

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Rizatriptan.

Always notify the doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Certain types of food and food additives e.g. chocolate, cheese, coffee and monosodium glutamate (MSG) may trigger a migraine attack. You may want to keep a food diary to help you identify possible foods that trigger off your migraine attacks.

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Rizatriptan - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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