Rizatriptan Orodispersible is a generic medication for effective and fast migraine relief. The use of orodispersible tablets helps to encourage absorption of the medication in individuals who have difficulty swallowing traditional tablets.
What is Rizatriptan?
Rizatriptan Orodispersible is a dissolvable treatment option for migraine relief containing the active ingredient Rizatriptan.
It is thought that one of the causes of migraines is the swelling and widening of blood vessels in the brain. This leads to pressure which results in the pain we associate with migraine attacks. Rizatriptan Orodispersible works to stimulate the serotonin receptors located in the brain in order to make the blood vessels contract. This reverses the widening of the blood vessels which is causing the migraines, helping to reduce the symptoms and stop the attack.
Why Rizatriptan Orodispersible?
Rizatriptan is part of the triptan group of medicines, also known as 5-HT receptor agonists. These medicines differ from traditional painkillers which are often used for treating headaches and migraines. Unlike painkillers, triptans do not simply mask the pain but actively seek to rectify it. They work by reversing the changes in the brain that are thought to cause migraines.
This allows medications like Rizatriptan Orodispersible to treat both the cause of migraine attacks and the symptoms, including more severe symptoms such as light and noise sensitivity, neck and shoulder stiffness and nausea.
Why choose an orodispersible treatment instead of traditional tablets?
Dysphasia is a common condition which involves experiencing difficulty swallowing. Not only can this make simple tasks like eating and drinking more difficult, but it also causes concern when it comes to swallowing tablet-form medication.
Orodispersible medication makes vital treatment accessible to everyone, including people who have trouble swallowing. This means that Rizatriptan Orodispersible can be used by individuals suffering from both dysphasia and migraine attacks.
How to use Rizatriptan Orodispersible
The maximum daily dosage of Rizatriptan medication is two doses. For Rizatriptan Orodispersible, this equates to a maximum dose of 2x 10mg orodispersible tablets within a 24-hour period.
Take a dose of Rizatriptan Orodispersible by opening the packaging with dry hands. Next, either place the tablet on your tongue and allow it to dissolve with saliva before swallowing, or place it inside a glass of water and let it dissolve before consuming.
Please consult the enclosed patient information leaflet before using Rizatriptan Orodispersible.
When to use Rizatriptan Orodispersible
Do not take Rizatriptan Orodispersible before your symptoms occur. It is not a preventative treatment and will not stop your symptoms from occurring.
Rizatriptan Orodispersible is best taken on an empty stomach. Due to its orodispersible nature, taking the medication with food may delay its effect for approximately one hour. Despite this, it is still possible to take it after you have eaten.
Take a dose of the medication as soon as you notice the onset of your migraine symptoms. If your symptoms subside but later flare up again, take a second dose at least two hours after the first. If the medication seems to make no difference to your migraine symptoms, do not take a second dose and instead contact your GP or the Patient Support Team on 0208 123 0703 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential side effects of Rizatriptan Orodispersible include:
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Flushing, hot flushes and sweating
- Dry throat and mouth
- Sensations of heaviness and pain in the chest
- Short term increase in blood pressure (transient)
These side effects do not occur in everyone, and around 9 in 10 people will be able to use Rizatriptan Orodispersible without experiencing any side effects. When side effects do occur, they are usually mild to moderate and go away on their own over time without the need for further medical treatment. If your side effects persist, consult your GP.
Check with your GP before taking Rizatriptan Orodispersible if you currently take any other prescription or non-prescription medication, particularly medication for migraine relief. You should also avoid alcohol when taking Rizatriptan Orodispersible, as consuming moderate to excessive amounts of alcohol can increase your risk of experiencing side effects from the medication.
For further information on the side effects of Rizatriptan, consult the patient information leaflet included in the packaging.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. The patient information can be found here .
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