If you have migraine, your doctor might suggest Nurtec ODT as a treatment option for you. It’s a prescription drug used in adults for the following:
- immediate treatment of migraine headaches with or without aura
- prevention of migraine episodes
Nurtec ODT comes as a tablet you dissolve on or under your tongue. The active ingredient in this medication is rimegepant. This is the ingredient that makes Nurtec ODT work.
Nurtec ODT belongs to a group of medications called calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists.
This article describes the dosage of Nurtec ODT, as well as its strength and how to take it. To learn more about Nurtec ODT, see this in-depth article.
Note: This article covers Nurtec ODT’s typical dosages, which are provided by the drug manufacturer. But when taking Nurtec ODT, always follow the dosage instructions your doctor gives you.
This section covers common dosage and administration information for Nurtec ODT. Before taking this medication, your doctor will go over instructions specific to your condition.
What is Nurtec ODT’s form?
Nurtec ODT comes as a tablet that you dissolve on or under your tongue.
What strength does Nurtec ODT come in?
Nurtec ODT tablets come in one strength: 75 milligrams (mg).
What is the typical dosage of Nurtec ODT?
Your Nurtec ODT migraine dosage and administration may vary based on certain factors. Your doctor will ultimately prescribe the smallest dosage that provides the desired effect.
The information below describes dosages that are commonly prescribed or recommended. But be sure to take the dosage your doctor prescribes for you. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to fit your needs.
Dosage for migraine treatment
The recommended dosage for immediate treatment of migraine is 75 mg once daily as needed.
The maximum dose of Nurtec ODT is 75 mg in a 24-hour period. You should not take more than 18 Nurtec ODT doses per month, since doctors don’t know if doing so is safe.
It’s important to tell your doctor or pharmacist all the medications you take. Certain medications may increase the amount of Nurtec ODT in your body. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you if any of your medications interact with Nurtec ODT and which dose is safe. If you take medications that increase Nurtec ODT levels, wait at least 48 hours between Nurtec ODT doses.
Dosage for prevention of migraine episodes
The recommended dosing for prevention of migraine episodes is 75 mg every other day.
Is Nurtec ODT prescribed long term?
Possibly. Nurtec ODT can be prescribed as a long-term treatment. This applies whether you take it daily to help prevent migraine episodes or on an as-needed basis.
If you and your doctor determine that Nurtec ODT is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term.
Your doctor may adjust your dosage if you take certain medications along with Nurtec ODT. Talk with them about all the medications you take before starting Nurtec ODT treatment.
The dosage of Nurtec ODT you’re prescribed may depend on several factors. These include:
- whether you’re taking Nurtec ODT to help prevent or treat migraine
- other medications you’re taking (see “Dosage adjustments” directly above)
You don’t need water or liquid to take Nurtec ODT.
The following instructions for taking this medication can help you get the full effect of the drug:
- Be sure your hands are dry before opening the blister pack.
- Peel back the covering of one blister and immediately remove the tablet. (Don’t push it through the foil.)
- Place the tablet on or under your tongue as soon as you remove it from the blister pack.
- Allow the tablet to dissolve in your mouth, then swallow it. You don’t need to take it with water or any liquid.
- Keep Nurtec ODT tablets in the blister pack until you’re ready to take them. Don’t store the tablets outside the blister pack to take later.
For information on Nurtec ODT expiration, storage, and disposal, see this article.
Taking Nurtec ODT to treat migraine headaches
Place one tablet on or under your tongue as soon as you notice symptoms of a migraine. Let the tablet dissolve, then swallow it. You can repeat this dose in 24 hours if needed.
If you take other medications that may increase Nurtec ODT levels, avoid taking another Nurtec ODT dose for 48 hours.
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you which medications may affect your Nurtec ODT dosage.
It’s not known if it’s safe to take more than 18 Nurtec ODT doses in a 30-day period.
Taking Nurtec ODT to help prevent migraine episodes
Dissolve one tablet on or under your tongue once every other day.
For information on Nurtec ODT expiration, storage, and disposal, see this article.
Accessible drug containers and labels
If you find it hard to read the prescription label on your medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist. Some pharmacies provide medication labels that:
- have large print or use braille
- feature a code that you can scan with a smartphone to change the text to audio
Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to recommend pharmacies that offer these accessibility features if your current pharmacy doesn’t.
If you miss a dose while taking Nurtec ODT every other day to help prevent migraine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Don’t double up (take two doses at once) to make up for the next dose. If you have questions about what to do after missing a dose, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you need help remembering to take your dose of Nurtec ODT on time, try using a medication reminder. This can include setting an alarm or using a timer. You could also download a reminder app on your phone.
Do not take more Nurtec ODT than your doctor prescribes. Taking more than this can lead to serious side effects.
Doctors don’t know if it’s safe to take more than 18 doses in a 30-day period. If you’re taking Nurtec ODT as needed, keep track of your doses so you don’t take more than is safe.
What to do in case you take too much Nurtec ODT
Call your doctor right away if you think you’ve taken too much Nurtec ODT. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers, or use its online resource. If you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.
The sections above describe the typical dosage provided by the drug manufacturer. If your doctor recommends Nurtec ODT for you, they’ll prescribe the dosage that’s right for you.
Remember, you shouldn’t change your dosage of Nurtec ODT without your doctor’s recommendation. Only take Nurtec ODT exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your current dosage.
Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor:
- Can I take a second dose of Nurtec ODT on the same day if my migraine doesn’t improve?
- Can I take Nurtec ODT regularly instead of as needed if my migraine headaches occur frequently?
- Will you change my dosage of Nurtec ODT if I have kidney problems?
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Which types of medications can affect my Nurtec ODT dosage?
Your body uses certain enzymes (proteins that aid chemical changes in your body) to break down Nurtec ODT. Other drugs can impact how these enzymes work and change how much active Nurtec ODT is in your body.
Some medications can increase Nurtec ODT levels in your body so much that it’s recommended you do not take Nurtec ODT with them. These include:
- certain HIV medications that contain cobicistat or elvitegravir (Genvoya, Stribild)
- certain hepatitis medications (boceprevir and telithromycin)
- the antifungal drug voriconazole
- certain blood pressure medications (diltiazem and verapamil)
- certain antibiotics (clarithromycin and erythromycin)
Other medications can decrease Nurtec ODT levels in your body, making it much less effective. These include:
- certain HIV medications (etravirine and efavirenz)
- certain prostate cancer medications (apalutamide and enzalutamide)
- certain seizure medications (phenytoin, carbamazepine, and phenobarbital)
If you take any of these medications, it’s unlikely your doctor will prescribe Nurtec ODT for you. Talk with them if you have any questions.
Victor Nguyen, PharmD, MBAAnswers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.
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