Compare Propranolol vs. Maxalt

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Inderal
(Propranolol)

Maxalt
(Rizatriptan)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. 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.
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Reviews for Inderal (Propranolol)
62%
of people say Inderal (Propranolol) is worth it
58%
say it works well
17%
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Side effects
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  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
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How it works
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Inderal (Propranolol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.
Type of medication
PropranololMaxalt
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antimigraine
Triptan
Prescription only
Available as
PropranololMaxalt
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
PropranololMaxalt
  • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • Diabetes
      • Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or clonidine
        Detailed Inderal (Propranolol) 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)
          Detailed Maxalt (Rizatriptan) risks & warnings »
          Pregnancy category
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          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          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.

          See the FDA package insert
          CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

          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.

          See the FDA package insert
          Alcohol
          No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
          Food
          No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
          Sex
          No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
          Sleep
          No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
          Weight
          • Cases of heart failure due to taking Inderal (Propranolol) have been reported. Tell your doctor if you noticed increased swelling around your legs or ankles, sudden weight gain or sudden shortness of breath as these may be symptoms of heart failure.
          No specific weight-related info.
          Upsides and benefits
          PropranololMaxalt
          • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
          • A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
          • Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
          • 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
          PropranololMaxalt
          • 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.
          • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
          • 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.
          • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
          • You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
          • 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
          PropranololMaxalt
          • 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 insomnia and fatigue.
          • 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.
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