Rizatriptan Benzoate

Where is Rizatriptan Benzoate used?

Rizatriptan Benzoate is used to treat migraines and helps relieve pain, headache, and other migraine symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to sound/light

This is in the class of drugs known as triptans used to treat migraines. Rizatriptan Benzoate affects certain natural substances that cause the narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. This medication may also relieve pain by affecting certain nerves that are in the brain. Prompt treatment helps you return to your normal routine and may lessen your need for pain medications.

How does Rizatriptan Benzoate work?

Rizatriptan Benzoate stimulates receptors called serotonin or 5HT receptors. These receptors are found in the brain. A natural substance called serotonin usually acts on these receptors. Wherein, it causes blood vessels in the brain to narrow. This medicine imitates the action of serotonin by directly stimulating the serotonin receptors that are in the brain. This narrows the blood vessels and therefore relieves the pain of migraines. 

How is Rizatriptan Benzoate taken?

Rizatriptan Benzoate is a prescription taken at the first sign of a migraine. Take it by mouth as directed by your doctor. Each dose may be taken with or without food. Take the tablet with a full glass of water. It may as well work faster when it is taken on an empty stomach.

Adults may take another dose at least 2 hours after the first dose. It is if your symptoms are only partially relieved. For children, they should not take more than one dose or 5 milligrams in 24 hours. If you are using medications for migraine attacks on 10 or more days each month, the drug may make your headaches worse. You should not use medications more often or for longer than it is directed by your doctor.

What are the possible side effects of Rizatriptan Benzoate?

  • Dry mouth
  • Mild headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tired feeling
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness

What are the precautions in taking Rizatriptan Benzoate?

  • Rizatriptan Benzoate is not recommended for children and adolescents aged less than 18 years or people aged over 65 years. There is no information available regarding its safety and effectiveness in this age group.
  • This should only be used by people with a clear diagnosis of migraine from their doctor. 
  • The drug may cause feelings of heaviness or pressure that may only last a few minutes. If they continue, you should not take any tablets anymore and consult your doctor right away. 
  • Rizatriptan Benzoate should be used with caution in people with decreased liver or kidney function, with risk factors for coronary heart disease, men over 40 years of age, and post-menopausal women. 
  • Taking a dose of this medicine may cause drowsiness. Do not operate machinery or drive if you are affected. 
  • This prescription should not be used in people with heart disease, who have had a heart attack, poor blood circulation, and uncontrolled high blood pressure. 
  • This product may have lactose and should not be taken by people with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance. 
  • Let your doctor know if you have current medications including herbal supplements or vitamins.