For the treatment of a migraine headache once it has started, the usual adult dosage of Maxalt is 5 mg or 10 mg. Maxalt is meant to be taken only during a migraine; it is not used for migraine prevention. Maxalt comes in regular tablets or as an orally disintegrating tablet that quickly dissolves in the mouth. Do not take more than 30 mg of Maxalt tablets in a 24-hour period.
An Overview of Maxalt DosageThe dose of Maxalt® (rizatriptan benzoate) your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your weight (for children)
- Your response to Maxalt
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Maxalt Dosing for Migraine Headaches in Adults
Maxalt is meant to be taken only during a migraine. The usual dosage of Maxalt for migraine headaches is Maxalt 5 mg or 10 mg. In general, the higher dose is more effective, but has more side effects. For people taking propranolol (Inderal®, Inderal LA®, InnoPran XL®), the Maxalt dose should not be more than 5 mg.
A second dose may be given if needed (and if your healthcare provider approves) two hours after the first dose. Take no more than 30 mg per 24 hours (or 15 mg per 24 hours if you are taking propranolol).
Maxalt Dosing for Migraine Headaches in Children and Teens
For children and teens (age 6 through 17 years of age), the usual dosage of Maxalt for migraine headaches is based on weight. For those weighing 88 pounds or less, the recommended dose is Maxalt 5 mg. For those weighing 88 pounds or more, the recommended dosage is Maxalt 10 mg.
The safety and effectiveness of taking a second dose if the first dose does not work adequately has not been studied in this age group.