How Well Maxalt Works

Introduction to Maxalt Efficacy

Maxalt has been extensively studied and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for its use in the United States. Like all prescription medicines, Maxalt had to be evaluated for how well it works on migraines in relation to the number and types of side effects. Only you and your doctor can decide together if taking the medicine provides enough benefit to outweigh any potential risks.


Studies Show that Maxalt Works to Treat a Migraine in Progress

Efficacy of Maxalt tablets

In adults, the effectiveness of Maxalt for migraine was proven in 6 studies with a large number of people who had moderate to severe headaches. Neither the doctors nor the patients knew whether the patients were taking Maxalt or a placebo (a sugar pill that contains no medicine).

Compared to people who took the placebo pill, many more people who received single doses of Maxalt (5 or 10 mg) had mild or no headache pain two hours after treatment. Maxalt also eased people’s nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. The drug also reduced the need for more migraine treatment.

Other studies have shown that Maxalt works as well as Imitrex (sumatriptan) in easing migraine pain 2 hours after treatment.

Deciding if Maxalt is Right for You

Millions of consumers in the United Sates have used Maxalt effectively. Only a doctor can decide if Maxalt is right for you, but you should understand the potential benefits and risks of taking this medicine. Tell your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor will decide if you have migraine. Use Maxalt only for a migraine attack — it should not be used to treat headaches that might be caused by other, more serious conditions. If you are taking Maxalt and have any concerns, be sure to speak with your doctor. Never stop taking any medicine without your doctor’s advice.

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.
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