Maxalt Special Warnings

Frequent Maxalt Use and Overuse Headaches

If you use other migraine drugs often (medications like ergotamine, opiates, triptans, simple analgesics, and mixed analgesics containing butalbital, caffeine, or isometheptene) you may get a medication-overuse headache (a “rebound headache”). Your doctor may limit you to using a headache drug two headache days per week on a regular basis. If you overuse medication talk to your doctor about preventive therapy.

By keeping a migraine journal of what doses of Maxalt you are taking when you experience a migraine, you can be prepared to discuss with your doctor whether you might be experiencing overuse headaches. Be sure to share your headache log with your doctor at your next appointment.

Maxalt and High Blood Pressure

Maxalt has been reported to raise blood pressure on rare occasions in people with and without high blood pressure. If you have uncontrolled high blood pressure you should not use Maxalt.

What is your blood pressure? Keeping a blood pressure log if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure is a very good way to be prepared to speak with your doctor and be aware of any changes in your condition.

Maxalt and Heart Disease

It is strongly recommended that you not take Maxalt if you have these heart disease risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoker
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Strong family history of heart disease
  • Menopause
  • Male over 40 years of age

And you should not take Maxalt if you have symptoms or diagnoses such as:

  • Heart disease caused by narrowing of the blood vessels
  • Angina pectoris (chest pain)
  • A history of heart attacks
  • Reduced blood flow to parts of your body
  • Coronary artery vasospasm (blood vessels constricting in the heart)
    • Heart disease of any type

If you have any of these risk factors, ask your doctor to evaluate your heart and physical condition to determine if you are reasonably free of heart disease and risk of stroke before you take Maxalt.

If you do have risk factors and your doctor decides you can take Maxalt, it is strongly recommended that you take your first dose of Maxalt in your doctor’s office or a similar setting with medical staff present unless you have previously taken Maxalt.

What should you do if you experience possible cardiac symptoms while taking Maxalt?

If you feel shortness of breath, heart throbbing, persistent pain, tightness or pressure in the chest or throat shortly after taking Maxalt, seek medical attention right away.

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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