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Migraine Medicine Maxalt to Go Generic!

by Dr. Sharon Orrange on January 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

The triptan medications have been lifesavers for migraine sufferers. Currently, only Imitrex is available as a generic (sumatriptan is the generic name). Well now there are two and this is good for you.

Mylan has received approval from the FDA for generic Maxalt pills and Maxalt-MLT dissolvable tablets. Rizatriptan benzoate tablets and rizatriptan benzoate orally disintegrating tablets (ODT), the generic versions of Maxalt and Maxalt-MLT, are coming your way.

Rizatriptan is used for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura and has been shown to be more effective than Sumatriptan due to increased central nervous system penetration. When compared to those receiving Imitrex (sumatriptan) 50 mg, more patients receiving rizatriptan 10 mg achieved headache pain relief within 2 hours.

Maxalt (rizatriptan) is a serotonin-agonist and works to treat migraine by binding to the receptors located on blood vessels and sensory nerves inside the head.

Examples of other brand name migraine medications are Relpax, Amerge and Frova but these will cost you more than both rizatriptan and sumatriptan.

Dr. O.

Sumatriptan and both forms of rizatriptan will be considered Tier 1 medications by most insurance plans, meaning you will pay only your lowest copay. Cash prices for both sumatriptan and rizatriptan are still quite high, as much as $150 – $200 for 9 tablets of sumatriptan 50 mg, and upwards of $250 for 9 tablets of rizatriptan 10 mg. However, some online and local pharmacies offer the same quantity of some strengths of sumatriptan for under $20, no coupon or insurance required, so it is worth shopping around in this case.


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