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 295 109
Migraine headaches 207 72
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 17
Mild 51
None 87

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rizatriptan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 14
Nausea 7
Tiredness 7
Sleepiness 5
Fatigue 4
Dizziness and feeling faint 3

Show all 48 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rizatriptan

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 50
5mg as needed 6
10 mg daily 2
10 mg m,w,f 1
20 mg daily 1
2 10mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Rizatriptan

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 84
Doctor's advice 37
Other 31
Expense 25
Side effects too severe 24
Change in health plan coverage 20
Course of treatment ended 10
Personal research 3
See all 183 patients who’ve stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 47
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 113
Usually 26
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 122
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 20
< $25 59
Not specified 76

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rizatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 21
Eletriptan (Relpax) 4
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 3
Naratriptan (Amerge) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

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

Show all 11 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: 1 star
  • 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

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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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