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Triptans: are they all the same?

Authors
  • Pringsheim, Tamara
  • Gawel, Marek
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current pain and headache reports
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2002
Volume
6
Issue
2
Pages
140–146
Identifiers
PMID: 11872185
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The triptans have provided a major advance in the treatment of the pain and disability associated with migraine headache. With seven triptans in use or in clinical development, the clinician is faced with the decision of which triptan to prescribe to the patient with migraine. Although the triptans are pharmacologically similar, they each have unique attributes. This article focuses on the pharmacologic differences between triptans with regard to their pharmacokinetics and drug interactions, and provides some helpful tips on how to optimize migraine treatment with the triptans.

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