Generic, brand names, and more
Rizatriptan is a generic prescription drug. It has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat migraine episodes, with or without aura, in adults and children aged 6 and older.
Rizatriptan treats a migraine episode after it starts. It is not used to prevent migraine episodes.
For more information about the uses of rizatriptan, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Here are some details about rizatriptan:
Read on to learn more about rizatriptan and its cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medicines, the cost of rizatriptan can vary. Factors that can affect the price you will pay include your treatment plan, insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out how much rizatriptan costs to you, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or insurer.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug costs and rizatriptan.
How do the prices of the 5 mg and 10 mg strengths of rizatriptan compare?
The cost of prescribing rizatriptan may vary depending on the strength and form you are taking. However, there is usually not a big price difference between the forces.
Rizatriptan comes as an orally disintegrating tablet and an oral tablet. * Each form comes in two strengths:
To get a better idea of what you would pay for rizatriptan, talk to your pharmacist or contact your insurer.
* An orally disintegrating tablet dissolves or melts in the mouth, and an oral tablet is swallowed whole.
How does the cost of rizatriptan compare to that of other triptans drugs?
Rizatriptan belongs to a group of migraine medications called triptans.
Rizatriptan may be cheaper than some other generic triptans. For example, eletriptan (the generic form of Relpax) costs more than rizatriptan.
However, the price of rizatriptan is similar to the price of sumatriptan (the generic form of Imitrex). Sumatriptan is also a triptan used to treat migraine episodes.
If you want to try another triptan drug to save money, talk to your doctor. They can discuss treatment options that might cost less while still being effective for your condition.
Rizatriptan, also called rizatriptan benzoate, is available under the brand names Maxalt and Maxalt-MLT. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug found in a brand name drug. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original medicine. And generics tend to cost less than brand name drugs.
If you are taking rizatriptan and want to use Maxalt or Maxalt-MLT instead, talk to your doctor. They may recommend one version or the other for your condition. You will also need to check with your insurance provider as they may only cover one or the other.
To find out how the cost of Maxalt or Maxalt-MLT compares to that of rizatriptan, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or insurer.
Below are some ways to potentially reduce the long-term costs of rizatriptan medications.
Obtain a 3 month supply
You may be able to get a 90 day supply of rizatriptan. If approved by your insurance company, obtaining a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If this option interests you, consult your doctor, pharmacist or insurer.
Using a mail order pharmacy
Rizatriptan may be available at a mail order pharmacy. Using this type of service can help reduce the cost of the medication and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some health insurance plans can help cover the cost of mail order drugs. You can also get a 90-day supply of the drug by mail order.
If you don’t have health insurance, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that might be right for you.
If you need financial support to pay for rizatriptan, consider checking out websites that offer resources and cost information. Two of these organizations are:
These sites can provide details on drug assistance programs, ways to get the most out of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
Now that you know the cost and the rizatriptan, you might still have some questions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, who can give you personalized advice on cost issues with you and rizatriptan. But if you have health insurance, you will need to speak with your insurer to find out the true cost you would pay for rizatriptan.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
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