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 314 119
Migraine headaches 229 84
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
Severe 12
Moderate 21
Mild 57
None 95

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rizatriptan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 15
Nausea 9
Tiredness 8
Sleepiness 5
Fatigue 4
Dizziness 3

Show all 41 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rizatriptan

Dosage Patients
10mg as needed 55
5mg as needed 12
5 mg monthly 1
10 mg m,w,f 1
10 mg daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
10 10mg as needed 1
5 5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Rizatriptan

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 85
Doctor's advice 39
Other 33
Expense 26
Side effects too severe 23
Change in health plan coverage 21
Course of treatment ended 10
Personal research 3
See all 187 patients who've stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration

Currently taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Rizatriptan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 52
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 126
Usually 31
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 138
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 23
< $25 65
Not specified 86

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rizatriptan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 32
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
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 7
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 3
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Rizatriptan

Dec 10, 2010 (Started Jan 05, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have Raynauds and NONE of my doc's at the time said one word about how the Raynauds will become worse taking this drug. I stopped taking it after I found out on my own.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 22, 2010 (Started Sep 19, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Sep 19, 2008 (Started Sep 19, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Jun 1, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

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

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