Compare Timolol vs. Maxalt

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

Timoptic (Timolol)

Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Prescription only
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
Used for
  • Hypertension Migraine; Prophylaxis Ocular hypertension Open-angle glaucoma Postmyocardial infarction syndrome; Prophylaxis
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Eye drops
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Price
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Reviews
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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
The Timoptic (Timolol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Maxalt (Rizatriptan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
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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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