Compare Propranolol vs. Maxalt

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Inderal (Propranolol)

Prescription only

Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Prescription only
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.

5.4/ 7 average rating with 61 reviewsforPropranolol
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 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
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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Reviews
61 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
62%
think this treatment works well
15%
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
3possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Constipation
    3%
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The Maxalt (Rizatriptan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Increased chest pain or risk of heart attack

    Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)

  • Increased risks during surgery

    Major surgery requiring anesthesia

  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Low blood pressure

    Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or 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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