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Effects of Rizatriptan

In previous studies, 60 percent to 77 percent of people with migraines had no (or mild) pain within two hours of taking rizatriptan tablets, compared to only 23 percent to 40 percent of people who did not take rizatriptan. Similar results were seen in studies of the orally disintegrating tablets.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take this medicine include:
  • Rizatriptan comes in regular tablets and as orally disintegrating tablets that dissolve in the mouth quickly.
  • Rizatriptan should be taken as soon as possible once a migraine starts.
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water or other fluids. The orally disintegrating tablets should be placed on the tongue, where they can dissolve quickly. The orally disintegrating tablets do not need to be taken with water.
  • If your headache comes back or does not go away, a second dose can be taken after waiting at least two hours from the time you took the first dose. Let your healthcare provider know if rizatriptan does not work completely after one dose.
  • For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing With Rizatriptan

The dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your weight (for children)
  • How you respond to rizatriptan
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Rizatriptan Dosing for more information about dosing for rizatriptan.)
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