Maxalt Drug Interactions

Maxalt Drug Interactions: an introduction

Maxalt may interact with other medicines. It is extremely important for you to tell your doctor about all the medicines you are currently taking, including your over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines. The migraine journal can help you keep a list of all of your medicines. It is also important that you tell your doctor if you are taking any dietary supplements such as herbs or vitamins. Your doctor can best help you avoid any unpleasant side effects if he or she knows about everything that you are taking.

Maxalt Drug Interactions with Other Migraine Medications:

You should not take Maxalt with any other drug in the same class (triptans) within 24 hours, such as Imitrex (sumatriptan), Amerge (naratriptan), or Zomig (zolmitriptan).

Also, do not take Maxalt within 24 hours of taking an ergotamine-type medication such as:

  • Bellergal-S (belladonna, ergotamine, and phenobarbital)
  • Ergomar (ergotamine)
  • Cafergot (ergotamine tartrate, caffeine)
  • Wigraine (ergotamine)
  • D.H.E. 45 (dihydro-ergotamine)
  • Sansert (methysergide)

Maxalt Drug Interactions with Antidepressants:

Do not take Maxalt when you are taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, such as Nardil (phenelzine sulfate) or Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate) for depression, or if it has been less than two weeks since you stopped taking an MAO inhibitor.

Before taking Maxalt, tell your doctor:

  • If you take Inderal (propranolol) for angina (chest pain).
  • About all drugs you are taking or plan to take, including those obtained without a prescription, and those you normally take for a migraine.
  • If you take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These types of drugs are used for depression and other disorders. Common SSRIs and SNRIs include:
    • Celexa (citalopram HBr)
    • Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
    • Paxil (paroxetine)
    • Prozac/Sarafem (fluoxetine)
    • Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine)
    • Zoloft (sertraline)
    • Luvox (fluvoxamine)
    • Cymbalta (duloxetine)
    • Effexor (venlafaxine)


Learn more about Maxalt Special Warnings

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010.