DO NOT use Maxalt if
- are allergic to any ingredient in Maxalt
- are taking ergot alkaloids (eg ergotamine) or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg phenelzine) in the past 14 days
- have taken another serotonin receptor agonist (for example sumatriptan) in the past 24 hours
- have a history of chest pain, heart or blood flow disorders, ischemic heart disease, irregular heartbeat, stroke, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions can interact with Maxalt. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
- if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you are allergic to medicines, foods or other substances
- if you are obese, postmenopausal, or a smoker
- if you have basilar artery or hemiplegic migraines, or cluster headaches
- if you have diabetes, kidney or liver problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a family history of coronary artery disease.
Some medicines can interact with Maxalt. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any other medications, especially any of the following:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (for example, fluoxetine) because they may decrease the effectiveness of Maxalt
- Beta-blockers (eg propranolol), ergot alkaloids (eg ergotamine) or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg phenelzine) because they may increase the action of Maxalt and the risk of side effects from Maxalt
- Dexfenfluramine, ergot alkaloids (eg ergotamine) or sibutramine because their actions and the risk of side effects may be increased by Maxalt
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that can occur. Ask your doctor if Maxalt can interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your doctor before starting, stopping, or changing the dose of any medicine.
Important safety information:
- Maxalt can make you dizzy or drowsy. These effects can be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medications. Use Maxalt with caution. Don't drive or do other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Maxalt is not intended to prevent or reduce the number of migraine attacks that you experience.
- If you have a headache other than your usual migraine attacks, check with your doctor before using Maxalt.
- Diabetes patients: Maxalt can affect your blood sugar level. Monitor blood sugar levels closely. Consult your doctor before changing your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Maxalt should not be used in children under 18 years of age; safety and efficacy in these children have not been confirmed.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, consult your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Maxalt while you are pregnant. It is not known if Maxalt is found in breast milk. If you are or will breast-feed while using Maxalt, consult your doctor. Talk about the possible risks to your baby.
Use Maxalt as directed in the package leaflet.