Maxalt is commonly prescribed to treat migraine headaches. It is not designed to prevent migraines, but can help relieve migraine symptoms as they occur. A migraine headache can result when blood vessels in the head become dilated. Maxalt works by narrowing these blood vessels, returning them to their normal state. The medication comes in a tablet form that is taken orally or in a form that will quickly dissolve in the mouth.
Maxalt is part of a class of migraine medications called 5-HT agonists (more commonly known as triptans). During a migraine headache, some of the blood vessels in the head become dilated (wider than they usually are). Maxalt works by narrowing these blood vessels, helping them return to their normal state. This action helps to relieve migraine symptoms.
Effects of Maxalt
In previous studies, 60 to 77 percent of people with migraines had no (or mild) pain within two hours of taking Maxalt tablets, compared to only 23 to 40 percent of people who did not take the drug. Similar results were seen in studies of Maxalt MLT tablets.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 16, 2013.
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