Maxalt and Alcohol Interaction

Maxalt and Alcohol

Maxalt generic name Rizatriptan belongs to a family of drugs used to treat migraine headaches with or without aura which is flashing lights, wavy lines dark spots in adults. It should not be used to prevent migraines or cluster headaches.

It is a selective serotonin receptor agonist and works by narrowing dilated blood vessels in the brain, relieving migraine headaches.

It is suggested that you discuss the consumption of alcohol with your physician while using this drug.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Do not use Maxalt if allergic to the drug, have a history of ischemic heart disease, coronary artery disease, other moderate to severe heart problems, brain blood vessel disease, Raynaud syndrome or ischemic bowel disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, certain types of migraine headaches, have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the past 14 days or used specific other migraine medication in the last 24 hors.

Before using Maxalt advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, are overweight, past menopause, smoke, have a history of other headaches, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, heart problems, chest pain, short of breath, high cholesterol or blood pressure, family history of stroke, over 40 years old or are on dialysis.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, nausea or weakness. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, severe dizziness, tight chest, bloody diarrhea, numbness tingling of hands or feet, heavy chest, chest jaw or neck pain, tightness or pressure, confusion, decreased coordination, excessive sweating, faint, irregular heartbeat, fever, hallucinations, mental or mood changes, muscle spasms, numbness of arm or leg, one side weakness, seizure, severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, slurred speech, stomach pain, tremor, cold or blue fingers or toes, vision changes or loss of vision. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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