Compare Atenolol vs. Maxalt

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Tenormin (atenolol)

Prescription only

Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Tenormin (atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating a heart attack. It has fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You need to take it on an empty stomach and you can't skip doses.

4.9/ 7 average rating with 457 reviewsforAtenolol
Treats migraine headaches.

Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 26 reviewsforMaxalt
Upsides
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • A first-choice treatment for heart attack recovery.
  • At lower doses, Tenormin (atenolol) has fewer side effects than other beta blockers because it targets the heart and not other parts of the body.
  • Triptans like Maxalt (Rizatriptan) are considered the first-choice treatment to relieve moderate to severe migraine-type headaches.
  • It can also be used to treat tension-type headaches.
  • Not all triptans work the same way for people, so you can try multiple ones to find the right medication for you.
  • You don't need to drink water with the orally disintegrating tablet for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down when they have a migraine.
Downsides
  • You need to take Tenormin (atenolol) on an empty stomach.
  • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but it might not go away for others.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure unless you have heart disease. However, your doctor could add it to other medicines you're already if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • You can't miss or skip doses. If you stop Tenormin (atenolol) suddenly, it can cause your blood pressure to go up really quickly, raising your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Tenormin (atenolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • Maxalt (Rizatriptan) doesn’t prevent migraines or tension headaches, but only works once the headache starts.
  • It can cause rebound headaches if it’s used too often.
  • You need to wait at least 2 hours after your first dose to take a second dose.
  • May not be the best choice if you have long, drawn-out headaches. Ask your doctor about other triptans that can last longer than Maxalt (Rizatriptan).
  • Not a good choice if you have heart disease or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
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Dosage forms
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  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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Reviews
457 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
48%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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26 
81%
think this treatment is worth it
62%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Tiredness
    26%
  • Dizziness
    13%
  • Cold arms and legs
    12%
  • Depression
    12%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Shortness of breath
    6%
  • Low blood pressure on movement changes
    4%
  • Slower heartbeat
    3%
  • Leg Pain
    3%
  • Light-headedness
    3%
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The Maxalt (Rizatriptan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Heart attack or increased chest pain

    Suddenly stopping Tenormin (atenolol)

  • Slowing heart rate

    Taking calcium channel blockers

  • Increased risks during surgery

    Major surgery requiring anesthesia

  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Increased risk of rebound high blood pressure

    Taking clonidine

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  • Tightening of blood vessels (myocardial angina, ischemia, or infarction)

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs

  • High blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

  • Seizures

    History of seizures

  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)

    Phenylketonuria (PKU)

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