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 298 110
Migraine headaches 209 73
atypical migraine 20 4
Headaches 8 8
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
Severe 11
Moderate 18
Mild 51
None 88

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rizatriptan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 15
Nausea 8
Tiredness 7
Sleepiness 5
Fatigue 4
Dizziness and feeling faint 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rizatriptan

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 47
5mg as needed 8
10 mg daily 2
10 mg m,w,f 1
10 mg every other day 1
5 mg twice daily 1
20 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rizatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 84
Doctor's advice 37
Other 30
Expense 25
Side effects too severe 24
Change in health plan coverage 20
Course of treatment ended 10
Personal research 3
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Duration

Currently taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 114
Usually 27
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 123
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 21
< $25 59
Not specified 77

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rizatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 22
Eletriptan (Relpax) 4
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 3
Naratriptan (Amerge) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3

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Patients stopped taking Rizatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 7
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 4
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 3
Eletriptan (Relpax) 3
Sumatriptan subcutaneous (Imitrex Statdose) 2

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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 Jun 30, 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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