Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Tenormin (Atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack with fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You have to take it on an empty stomach, and you can't miss doses.
Treats migraine headaches. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.
How it works
Tenormin (Atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it less work to pump.
Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.
› A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
› A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
› At lower doses, Atenolol has fewer side effects than most beta blockers because it targets the heart and doesn't cross into the brain and central nervous system.
› 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 and risks
› You have to take 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 for some might not go away.
› Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
› You can't miss doses. Stopping Atenolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Take it on an empty stomach.
› Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
› Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
› Can cause fatigue and insomnia.
› Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
› Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
› Take Maxalt (Rizatriptan) as soon as you feel you’re getting a headache or experience warning signs like being sensitive to light or sound.
› If you're taking other medicines to control your headaches (like propranolol), the dose of Maxalt (Rizatriptan) will be different.
› Let your doctor know if your headaches don’t go away after taking [name-common] or if you have more than 4 migraines per month.
› It’s available in two different dosage forms, a tablet you take by mouth and an orally disintegrating tablet (Maxalt-MLT) you place on your tongue to let it dissolve.
› Lie down in a dark room after taking Maxalt (Rizatriptan) to help ease pain. Ask your doctor about other medicines that can help prevent your headaches.