What is Maxalt?
Maxalt is considered a triptan, which is a special class of medication. Although it is known to treat migrains, triptans are not typically considered to be pain relievers. Instead of masking the pain, they reverse the changes to the brain that caused the migraine in the first place. Therefore, the purpose of Maxalt is not to alleviate pain but to fix the problem causing the pain at the source.
How Does Maxalt Work?
Maxalt concentrates the blood vessels in the brain by boosting the receptors known as serotonin. This concentration of blood vessels reverses the leading cause of migraines which is vessel enlargement.
There are potential side effects to Maxalt. It is important to note that these will not affect everyone, however. The most common side effects are a heavy feeling or a tightness in the chest, throat, or other areas; pain; a tingling feeling; feeling hot or cold; and numbness. These side effects may feel severe but they don’t last long. Other patients have reported feeling a dryness of the mouth, drowsiness, or nausea. These side effects will also pass quickly without intervention.