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Re: triptans Sprgrvr

Posted by Snoozy on June 26, 2003, at 17:05:21

In reply to Re: atypical migraines Snoozy, posted by Sprgrvr on June 26, 2003, at 11:29:16

The "triptans" are not painkillers - they work on neurotransmitters that cause the pain. I found this site that explains some of the basics:

http://headaches.about.com/library/weekly/aa101100a.htm

There are even more triptans on the market now than are mentioned here. Imitrex was the first on the market - in 1993 or 1994. I've tried most of the others, and Imitrex seems to be the best one for me. But we're all different of course, so it's great that there are different options.

Doctors usually have samples of many of them. My neurologist gave me a bunch of them to try out.

Honestly, I don't think I would have been able to continue living with my migraines if the triptans hadn't come out. I think it's definitely worth asking about!


> I'm not familiar with the term "triptans". I've been put on many different medications when I was 18-19 but none of them did anything. They are all in my file, I'll have to ask my doctor.


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