Compare Atenolol vs. Maxalt

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Tenormin
(atenolol)

Maxalt
(rizatriptan)

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.Treats migraine headaches. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.
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4.92Atenolol
Reviews for Tenormin (atenolol)
58%
of people (All ages) say Tenormin (atenolol) is worth it
48%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
AtenololMaxalt
  • Tiredness 13%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Low mood disorder 3%
  • Cold arms and legs 7%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Light-headedness 3%
  • Leg pain 2%
  • Decreased energy 3%
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How it works
AtenololMaxalt
Tenormin (atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart by slowing down the heart and making the heart pump better.Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.
Type of medication
AtenololMaxalt
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AtenololMaxalt
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
AtenololMaxalt
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtenololMaxalt
  • Suddenly stopping Tenormin (atenolol)
    • Taking calcium channel blockers
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • Diabetes
      • Taking clonidine
      Detailed Tenormin (atenolol) risks & warnings »
      • History of heart problems
      • High blood pressure
      • High cholesterol
      • Diabetes
      • Being overweight or obese
      • Smoking
      • History of heart problems
      • High blood pressure
      • High cholesterol
      • Diabetes
      • Being overweight or obese
      • Smoking
        • Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs
        • History of high blood pressure
        • History of seizures
        • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
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        Pregnancy

        Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Upsides and benefits
        AtenololMaxalt
        • 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 and risks
        AtenololMaxalt
        • 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.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        AtenololMaxalt
        • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Raises good cholesterol.
        • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
        • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
        • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing in your eyes or skin.
        • 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.
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