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 284 101
Migraine headaches 199 64
Atypical Migraine 18 3
Headaches 7 7
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 15
Mild 44
None 80

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rizatriptan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 13
Tiredness 7
Sleepiness 5
Nausea 4
Dizziness and feeling faint 3
Chest tightness 2

Show all 43 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rizatriptan

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 47
5mg as needed 11
2 10mg as needed 2
10 mg m,w,f 1
10 mg daily 1
9 10mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Rizatriptan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 79
Doctor's advice 35
Other 31
Expense 25
Side effects too severe 24
Change in health plan coverage 19
Course of treatment ended 8
Personal research 3
See all 174 patients who’ve stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 103
Usually 23
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 113
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 18
< $25 54
Not specified 68

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rizatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 18
Eletriptan (Relpax) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Almotriptan (Axert) 2
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 2

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rizatriptan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 5
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 3
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 3
Eletriptan (Relpax) 2
Sumatriptan subcutaneous (Imitrex Statdose) 2

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Rizatriptan

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TheTrishgu
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TheTrishgu
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
35 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

See TheTrishgu's full Rizatriptan history

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
Colleen623
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Colleen623
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 53
Condition: Migraine 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Migraine

See Colleen623's full Rizatriptan history

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

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purple617
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purple617
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F58y
FM:13y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See purple617's full Rizatriptan history

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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