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Maxalt is used in the treatment of certain types of migraine headaches. This is a form of medication known as a cerebral vasoconstrictor. There may be other conditions where Maxalt is a good choice of medication for you and so do not be surprised if your doctor prescribes you this medication for another condition. However you can expect a full explanation for why he or she has done so.
As is the case with all drugs, it is vital that you carefully follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. In most cases this will be written on the label of the medicine bottle or box and you must read this information very carefully. If you do happen to have any questions about how to take this medicine then you should talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor and they will be happy to help you. You must not crush, break or chew this medicine and should instead swallow it whole with a glass of water. You must take this medicine as soon as you notice any symptoms of a migraine attack. If the headache returns then you can take another dose of the medicine. However you must allow at least two hours between the doses of this medication. You should not take any more doses if you get no relief from the first dose. Where you keep the medicine is very important and in this case it must be stored at room temperature (77 degrees F) away from the sun and in the bottle or box provided or in an airtight container. You must take the medicine as directed by your. If you have any concerns then you should contact your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for more information.
First and foremost you should not take Maxalt if you have experienced an allergic or other adverse reaction to it or any other ingredient that is used in the production of Maxalt. If you are worried that you may have had an adverse reaction to Maxalt in the past then you should discuss this with your doctor. Stopping a medicine suddenly will often result in a worsening of symptoms and side effects and in most cases your doctor will want you to come off a medicine slowly, a process known as tapering. There may be tests that are required by your doctor to check for side effects and/or monitor how effective the medicine is for you, however your doctor will talk to you about what is required. It is important to attend all laboratory and doctor appointments while you are taking Maxalt and additional appointments may be necessary when a change to the dose is made and during the initial starting period. You should avoid performing tasks such as driving; operating heavy machinery or any other dangerous activities until you know what effect this medicine has on you. You should never change or alter the dose of any medication unless you have talked it through with your doctor. It is vital that you notify your doctor or pharmacist before you begin any new medication, even if it is only one brought over the counter. Maxalt is not intended to reduce or prevent the number of migraine attacks that you experience. If you find that you are experiencing a headache that feels different to your usual migraine attack then you must talk to your doctor before using this medication. You must avoid all medicines that contain the product Ergot. You must also avoid other migraine headache medicines within 24 hours of using Maxalt. Before using this medicine you must talk to your doctor if you have had diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, irregular or fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, heart disease, or chest pains. It is also important to let your doctor know if you have had kidney or liver disease, stroke or heart attack, or if you are a woman who has already been through the menopause. Also you must let your doctor know if you develop any of these conditions or symptoms while you are taking this medicine. It is also important in the case of phenylketonurics to note that this medicine contains phenylalanine.
Maxalt may have adverse effects on the fetus in pregnant women and so all women who may be thinking about getting pregnant should weigh up the pros and cons of taking this medicine during pregnancy with their doctor. Also there is not enough research for us to know if Maxalt is excreted in the breast milk and so general advice at this time is to not breast-feed while on this medication. It is important that before you undergo any dental work or surgery of any kind that you let the dentist or doctor know that you are taking this medication. You should also try to avoid drinking any alcohol while taking this medication.
As is the case with most drugs Maxalt is not without its side effects. Some of the things that you may notice when taking this medication include: fatigue, drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, or dizziness. These may be minor and go away during the course of treatment, however if they do bother you then you must talk to your doctor. Maxalt was prescribed to you, as your doctor believes that the benefits will outweigh the side effects and so it is usual to expect some symptoms. However these symptoms should not cause you major discomfort and if this is the case then please talk to your doctor. You must talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any swelling of the face, eyelids or lips, rash or hives, chest tightness, difficulty with breathing, unsteadiness or fainting, numb, tingling, or cold hands or feet, irregular or fast heartbeat, bloody diarrhea, stomach pain, changes in vision, tightness or pain in the chest, neck or jaw, or unusual weakness. Fortunately it is uncommon for someone to have an allergic reaction to this medicine, however they do occur and if you notice severe dizziness, a rash, itching, trouble breathing or swelling then you must seek immediate medical attention. If you experience any symptoms that worry you, even if they are not listed above, then it is vital that you talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse about it.
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