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Comment from: tuftsm, 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: December 22

Finally a drug that gives relief from my migraines. Although I had to increase the dose to 10 mg, it works every time. Only rarely do I need to take a second pill after 2 hours. My migraines are 3-day affairs, so you can imagine the great relief - I have my life back!

Comment from: ru4real, 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years Published: November 02

i have the most severe form of migraine a person can have. I have tried every medicine possible. After 30 years of suffering, i found Maxalt. I take the 10 mg, that dissolves on the tongue. This is the ONLY drug that has EVER worked for me.

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Comment from: savoie2007, 35-44 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: September 26

Bad side effects. Dizziness; depression the next day; airy feeling in head; tired.

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Comment from: vt_yeti, 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: September 26

This drug is amazing. I suffer from classic migraines, so as soon as I get the aura, I drop the Maxalt and it allows me to function. In the past, no other drug has worked for me--I had to curl up in a ball in a dark, quiet bed until it was over. With Maxalt, I can keep going; not as effective at work as usual, since I get a little spacy, but I don't have to stop everything like before. I do get a kind of weird side effect--achey shoulders; it feels like I've been carrying a 50-lb. pack around for a couple of days. Now if only they could come up with something to stop the migraines entirely...

Comment from: VooDoo_Daddy, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 19

My neurologist tried me on a few different migraine medications and this one does the trick best as long as I catch it early enough. And the best thing is I can take a maxalt and keep working. No sleepy side effects for me. That is really great.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 09

I sometimes feel a bit tired the next day, but that's a small price to pay for the fast relief I get. this medication has been great for me.

Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: August 16

I have suffered with migraines for about 20 years, doctors and I feel it's related to perimenopause, and now menopause. Need to take it fairly soon after migraine starts, and lie down in a quiet, darkened place, or at least lay my head down, for 15-20 minutes to work most effectively. If I wait too long, even Maxalt won't work for me, so I try to make very sure I carry it with me wherever I go. Usually, my migraines last 1-3 days, and I need two to four doses over those days to keep my migraine subdued. For those of us who have had migraines for years, you know what I mean--it's always there, even if far in the background, until you know it is finally gone. Then you feel like a miracle walking--until the next one. If I am at work, I need to stay pretty busy, or I will get tired from the Maxalt. It usually makes me feel groggy, so I have to watch it if I must drive, but the grogginess feeling is SOOOO much better than the pain and light/noise/touch sensitivity. Maxalt has worked the best for me of all the meds I've tried. Imitrex had some really awful side effects, and stopped working for me after a few years. Have used Maxalt, at a doctor's recommendation, for about 7 years now. No severe side effects that I can't live without. Am still waiting for menopause to end, and hope the migraines will, too.

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Comment from: PMS, 35-44 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: February 11

I had been suffering from incapacitating "sinus headaches" on the first day of my period for years. I was prescribed diuretics, muscle relaxers, barbituates, and have tried every over-the- counter medication available with no relief. I switched doctors and my new doctor said that my sinus headaches could be migrains. He prescribed Maxalt, and I have not had to suffer for more than about an hour every month, and I haven't had to miss work or anything else because of these headaches. Maxalt is a godsend for me. The medications gives me a weird feeling in my eyes and face, but it is definately preferable to the headache.

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Comment from: [email protected], 35-44 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 16

i get very bad migraines, more than 10 times a month. this drug was a God send. usually stopped them within 30min.

Comment from: 35-44 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: October 09

This is my first time using. Reduced symptoms by about 80- 90%. Felt very tired, but who cares when the migraine is nearly gone.

Comment from: joe, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 26

I went for 38 years with migraines, Maxalt MLT has changed my life!

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Comment from: 19-24 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 22

This medication is great. It almost always gets rid of my migraines, usually within 20 minutes. I find it works better if I lay down and rest while it kicks in. I usually sleep for an hour or two, and wake up feeling no pain, but a little groggy.

Comment from: DuhMe, 45-54 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: September 05

I love the results of taking Maxalt. It helps my migraines like nothing else. The problem I have with it is the packaging. Whoever designed the packaging has obviously never tried to open it when the needed to take it. With other meds, this packaging may work fine, but trying to get one open when needed is awfully hard. There has to be an easier way.

Comment from: shellshelll, 25-34 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 06

Well at first when i took it my face went numb an i thought that's what it was supposed to do so then i took it again an my legs went numb on me i fell down the steps an hurt my tail bone this Medication scares me So i think they should have to put a waring label on it an my Dr put me on it when she knew i had high blood pressure so no i don't like this Medication

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Comment from: inthesticks30, 25-34 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: March 16

Although expensive, if you can't handle taking Imitrex type drugs b/c of side effects this might actually help. I used to get 10 to 18 migranes a month, with Topomax I'm down to 8 or less depending on weather then the Maxalt gets rid of the headache painlessly without side effects and I can still go on with my day. After years of suffering and wondering which was worse the migrane or the Imitrex, I finally got something that helps and no side effects.

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Comment from: evelazquez, 25-34 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: November 06

I had tightness in my throat and numbness in my hands. Maxalt also made extremely tired afterwards. However, the headache always went away. I was just unable to function from the extreme sleepiness. Side effects got to be too much, so I stopped taking. I am looking forward to trying Relpax, which is said to have fewer side effects.

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Comment from: AVMAmber, 25-34 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: May 20

I have been taking Maxalt for over a year and I have rarely had to take a second dose when I have a migraine. Maxalt usually kicks in 15-25 minutes after I take it. I put my tablet under my tounge...someone told me it works faster if you do it that way.

Comment from: N/A, 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: March 24

My only concern is that taking this medicine makes me sleepy while I'm at work. Otherwise it seems to stop the headache in its track. My other concern is that I get a headache almost every day and you are not supposed to take more than 3 times a week. What do I do for the other 4 days?

Comment from: PNelson, 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: February 12

I have tried many other drugs, but none give the relief as quickly and fully as Maxhalt does. I have been using it for several years now and would not like to be without.

Comment from: 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: October 17

After years of pain this drug is a miracle. I take this right after a migraine hits and in moments the pain is gone. I highly recommend that you try this medication. With Maxalt I can take the medication without going down for hours while it works. Within fifteen minutes I'm back to normal.

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Comment from: Malini Rao, 35-44 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: May 27

I was diagnosed with migraine headaches about 18 years ago. They were extremely bad and I had to usually be hospitalized. The migraines then started to get more frequent and I would also suffer from rebound headaches from the medicine I was taking. My doc then prescribed Triptans to me. I started with Imitrex and then tried a whole bunch of different ones, before I landed at Maxalt (Rizatriptan benzoate). It changed my life. I used to (and still do) take Maxalt 10mg along with a painkiller and its worked 95% of the time. I have been taking it for about 15 years or such. Another one that works well to is almotriptan. But both the orally dissolved one and the regular one work wonders with minimal side effects (thirst and drowsiness) . Only problem is that you get a limited number per month through insurance, so you have to really use carefully because they are expensive.

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Comment from: Sandy, 55-64 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: August 30

Without treatment my migraines are dibilitating. I suffer through hours of crippling pain, blackouts, violent vomiting. Maxalt alleviates the pain and nausea, and allows me to function. Unfortunately it is SO EXPENSIVE I can no longer purchase the medice. ($4400 for 90 doses!)

Comment from: 35-44 (Patient) Published: February 14

I've used Maxalt for migraines for years and it works great if I can get it when I first feel the symptons. If I wait until it's full blown, then I have to take Tramadol with it for it to work. I recently started taking the generic version and I've noticed that it makes me significantly more sleepy than the non-generic form.

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Comment from: C, 25-34 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: February 02

If I use this before full blown migraine hits, it wipes it away. I just started using generic version and it makes me much more sleepy than I'm used to with non-generic form

Comment from: pink, 35-44 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: April 24

very effective, but extraordinarily expensive.

Pharmacy Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

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