Rizatriptan STADA – Rizatriptan uses, dose and side effects


5 mg and 10 mg tablets

What Rizatriptan STADA is and what it is used for

Rizatriptan Stada belongs to a class of medicines called selective 5-HT 1B / 1D serotonin receptor agonists.

You have been prescribed Rizatriptan Stada by a doctor to treat the headache phase of your migraine attacks. Rizatriptan Stada should not be used for prophylaxis.

Treatment with Rizatriptan Stada reduces the swelling of the blood vessels that surround the brain. This swelling causes headaches during a migraine attack.

Rizatriptan contained in Rizatriptan Stada may also be approved for the treatment of other conditions not mentioned in this product information. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or another healthcare professional if you have any further questions, and always follow their instructions.

What you need to know before you use Rizatriptan STADA

Do not use Rizatriptan STADA

  • if you are allergic to rizatriptan benzoate, menthol, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
  • if you have moderate or severe high blood pressure or if you have slightly elevated blood pressure that is not treated with medication
  • if you have or have ever had heart problems including heart attack or chest pain ( angina ) or if you have had symptoms that may indicate heart disease
  • if you have severe liver or kidney disease
  • if you have had a stroke (stroke) or mini-stroke ( transient ischemic attack, TIA )
  • if you have problems with blood clots in your blood vessels ( peripheral vascular disease)
  • if you are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors ( MAOIs ) such as moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine or pargyline (antidepressants) or linezolid (an antibiotic ) or if it has been less than two weeks since you stopped taking MAOIs
  • if you are currently taking ergotamine-type medicines such as ergotamine or dihydroergotamine to treat your migraine or methysergide to prevent migraine attacks
  • if you are taking another medicine of the same type as sumatriptan, naratriptan, or zolmitriptan to treat your migraine (see Other medicines and Rizatriptan Stada below).

If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Rizatriptan Stada.

Warnings and cautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Rizatriptan Stada if:

  • you have any of the following risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, diabetes , you are a smoker or use nicotine replacement therapy, there are cases of heart disease in the family, you are male and over 40 years old or you are a woman and have passed menopause
  • you have kidney or liver problems
  • you have a special type of heart rhythm problem (branch block)
  • you have or have had any type of allergy
  • your headache is associated with dizziness, difficulty walking, coordination difficulties, or weakness in the arms and legs
  • you use any product that contains St. John’s wort
  • you have had an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and / or throat which may cause shortness of breath and difficulty swallowing ( angioedema )
  • you take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ( SSRIs ) such as sertraline, escitalopram oxalate, and fluoxetine or serotonin – noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors ( SNRIs ) such as venlafaxine and duloxetine for depression
  • you have had short-term symptoms including chest pain and pressure over the chest.

If you take Rizatriptan Stada too often, it can lead to chronic headaches. If this happens, you should contact your doctor as you may need to stop taking Rizatriptan Stada.

Describe your symptoms to a doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor can determine if you have a migraine. You should only take Rizatriptan Stada in case of a migraine attack. Rizatriptan Stada should not be used to treat headaches that may be due to other, more serious conditions.


There are no complete studies on the safety and efficacy of rizatriptan in patients older than 65 years.


The use of Rizatriptan Stada in children under 18 years of age is not recommended.

Other medicines and Rizatriptan STADA

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other medicines. This is because Rizatriptan Stada can affect the way some other medicines work. Other medicines may also affect Rizatriptan Stada.

Do not take Rizatriptan Stada

  • if you are already taking a 5HT 1B / D receptor agonist (sometimes referred to as ‘triptans’) such as sumatriptan, naratriptan, or zolmitriptan
  • if you are taking an MAOI such as moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, linezolid or pargyline or if it has been less than two weeks since you stopped using an MAOI.
  • if you are taking ergotamine-type medicines such as ergotamine or dihydroergotamine to treat your migraine.
  • if you are using methysergide to prevent migraine attacks.

If you take the medicines listed above with Rizatriptan Stada, the risk of side effects may increase.

You should wait at least 6 hours after taking Rizatriptan Stada before taking ergotamine-type medicines such as ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, or methysergide.

You should wait at least 24 hours after taking ergotamine-type medicines before taking Rizatriptan Stada.

Consult a physician for instructions and risk assessment regarding the use of Rizatriptan Stada

  • if you are taking propranolol (see section 3: How to take Rizatriptan Stada)
  • if you are taking SSRIs such as sertraline, escitalopram oxalate, and fluoxetine or SNRIs such as venlafaxine and duloxetine for depression.

Rizatriptan STADA with food, drink, and alcohol

It may take longer for Rizatriptan Stada to start working if taken after a meal. Even though it is better to take it on an empty stomach, it is possible to take it after a meal.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

It is not known if Rizatriptan Stada is harmful to the fetus if taken by a pregnant woman.

Breast-feeding should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment.

Driving and using machines

You may feel drowsy or dizzy while taking Rizatriptan Stada. If this happens, do not drive or use machines.

You are responsible for assessing whether you are fit to drive a motor vehicle or perform work that requires sharpened attention. One of the factors that can affect your ability in these respects is the use of drugs due to their effects and/or side effects. Descriptions of these effects and side effects can be found in other sections. Read all the information in this leaflet for guidance. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Rizatriptan STADA contains sodium

This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet, ie essentially ‘sodium-free’. is next to “sodium-free”.

How to use Rizatriptan STADA

Rizatriptan Stada is used to treat migraine attacks. Take Rizatriptan Stada as soon as possible after your migraine attack. Do not use it to prevent an attack.

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

The recommended dose is 10 mg.

If you are currently taking propranolol or have kidney or liver problems, you should use 5 mg doses of Rizatriptan Stada. There should be at least two hours between taking propranolol and Rizatriptan Stada and you should take a maximum of two doses over 24 hours.

If a migraine returns within 24 hours

In some patients, migraine symptoms may return within 24 hours. If a migraine recurs, you can take another dose of Rizatriptan Stada. You should always allow at least two hours between doses.

If you still have migraines after 2 hours

If the first dose of Rizatriptan Stada does not work, you should not take a second dose for the same migraine attack. It is still likely that Rizatriptan Stada will work in the next attack.

Do not take more than 2 doses of Rizatriptan Stada over 24 hours (for example, do not take more than two 10 mg or 5 mg tablets during 24 hours). You should always allow at least two hours between doses.

Seek medical attention if your condition worsens.

Method of administration

Rizatriptan Stada tablets should be taken by mouth and swallowed whole with liquid.

If you use more Rizatriptan STADA than you should 

If you have ingested too much medicine or if e.g. If a child has ingested the medicine by mistake, contact a doctor or hospital for risk assessment and advice. Bring the medicine pack.

Symptoms of overdose may include dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, fainting, and a slow heartbeat.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Contact a doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, serotonergic syndrome, heart attack, or stroke.

You should also tell your doctor if you get symptoms that may indicate an allergic reaction (such as rash and itching ) after taking Rizatriptan Stada.

The following side effects may occur with this medicine.

In adult studies, the most commonly reported adverse reactions were dizziness, drowsiness, and fatigue.

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • ant crawling ( paresthesias ), headache, decreased sensitivity to touching the skin ( hypesthesia ), decreased mental acuity, tremors
  • fast or irregular heartbeat ( palpitation ), very fast heartbeat ( tachycardia )
  • redness (short-lived in the face), feeling hot, sweating
  • throat discomfort, difficulty breathing ( dyspnoea )
  • nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, diarrhea
  • the feeling of heaviness in parts of the body
  • abdominal or chest pain

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

  • bad taste in the mouth
  • unsteady gait ( ataxia ), dizziness, dizziness (a feeling of spinning), blurred vision
  • confusion, insomnia, nervousness
  • high blood pressure ( hypertension ), thirst, indigestion ( dyspepsia )
  • skin rash, itching, and hives ( urticaria ), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or throat which may cause shortness of breath and/or difficulty swallowing ( angioedema )
  • neck pain, feeling of tightness in parts of the body, stiffness, muscle weakness
  • changes in the rhythm or speed of the heartbeat ( arrhythmia ), abnormalities on the ECG (examination in which the electrical activity of the heart is measured)
  • facial pain, muscle pain.

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

  • fainting ( syncope )
  • wheezing
  • allergic reaction (hypersensitivity), sudden life-threatening allergic reaction ( anaphylaxis )
  • stroke (this usually occurs in patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, use of nicotine replacement therapy, heart disease or stroke in the family, men over 40 years, postmenopausal women, special heart rhythm disorders [branch block))
  • slow heartbeat ( bradycardia ).

Has been reported (occurs in an unknown number of users)

  • myocardial infarction, spasm of the blood vessels of the heart (these usually occur in patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, use of nicotine replacement therapy, heart disease or stroke in the family, men over 40 years, postmenopausal women, special heart rhythm disorders) )
  • a so-called serotonergic syndrome that can cause side effects such as coma, unstable blood pressure, extremely high body temperature, disturbance in the coordination of muscle movements, anxiety, and hallucinations
  • severe skin rash with or without fever ( toxic epidermal necrolysis )
  • seizures (seizures)
  • cramping of blood vessels in the arms and legs including feeling cold and numbness of the hands and feet
  • spasm in the blood vessels of the colon which can cause abdominal pain.

How to store Rizatriptan STADA

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton after EXP. The expiration date is the last day of the specified month.

Store in the original package. Moisture sensitive.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Contents of the pack and other information

Content declaration

  • The active substance is rizatriptan

One Rizatriptan Stada 5 mg tablet contains 5 mg rizatriptan as 7.265 mg rizatriptan benzoate.

One Rizatriptan Stada 10 mg tablet contains 10 mg rizatriptan as 14.53 mg rizatriptan benzoate.

  • The other ingredients are mannitol, maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone type A, saccharin sodium, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, and menthol flavor (maltodextrin, natural menthol, modified corn starch).

What the medicine looks like and the contents of the pack

Rizatriptan Stada 5 mg tablets are round, flat white to off-white tablets, witan h a diameter of 8 mm with beveled edges.

Rizatriptan Stada 10 mg tablets are round, flat white to off-white tablets, 10 mm in diameter with beveled edges.

Rizatriptan Stada is available in Aluminum / Aluminum blisters containing 2, 3, 6, 12, or 18 tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorization Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Stadastrasse 2-18

61118 Bad Vilbel


Other manufacturers

Centrafarm Services BV

Nieuwe Donk 9, 4879 AC Etten Leur, The Netherlands

STADA Production Ireland

Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

PharmaCoDane ApS

Marielundvej 46 A, 2730 Herlev, Denmark

Contact the representative of the marketing authorization holder to find out more about this medicine:

STADA Nordic ApS

Marielundvej 46 A

2730 Herlev


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