Maxalt and Heart Problems
Recommendations for Maxalt and Heart ProblemsPeople with certain heart problems should not take Maxalt. This includes people with:
- Coronary heart disease (more commonly referred to as just heart disease)
- Stable angina
- Unstable angina
- Variant angina (also known as Prinzmetal's angina).
People who have a history of a heart attack also should not take Maxalt.
Maxalt should be used with caution in people with possible risk factors for heart disease. In fact, you should be evaluated for heart disease before taking Maxalt if you have risk factors for heart disease, such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- A family history of heart disease
- Being a man over the age of 40
- Having gone through menopause.
If you have any of the risk factors for heart disease mentioned above, it is also strongly recommended that you take your first dose of Maxalt in your healthcare provider's office (so that he or she can monitor your heart).
Finally, anyone taking Maxalt should call his or her healthcare provider or 911 right away if any possible symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest pain, chest tightness, or shortness of breath) occur.