What is Rizatriptan?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Maxalt Maxalt MLT

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Rizatriptan is an antimigraine agent that is used in the treatment of acute treatment of migraine with or without aura.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine 315 121
Migraine headaches 233 86
Headaches 9 9
Pain 5 1
Cluster headaches 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 21
Mild 62
None 96

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rizatriptan

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 17
Nausea 9
Tiredness 8
Fatigue 5
Sleepiness 5
Dizziness 3

Show all 44 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rizatriptan

Dosage Patients Percentage
10mg as needed 36
5mg as needed 6
10 mg daily 2
10 mg m,w,f 1
10 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rizatriptan

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 87
Doctor's advice 39
Other 35
Expense 26
Side effects too severe 22
Change in health plan coverage 21
Course of treatment ended 10
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 53
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 129
Usually 34
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 142
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 6
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 23
< $25 66
Not specified 90

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rizatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 34
Eletriptan (Relpax) 5
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 4
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 3
Naratriptan (Amerge) 3

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rizatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 7
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 4
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Rizatriptan

Jan 28, 2014 (Started Apr 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 12, 2012 (Started Jun 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 21, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: It just did not work for me

  • 0 helpful marks
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