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Too Many Heart Patients Getting Migraine Drugs

Triptans Taken by 22% of Migraine Sufferers With Heart Problems Who Shouldn't Take Them

22% With Heart Conditions Given Triptans continued...

Tepper says that he has patients with migraines that are only helped by triptans. "When I tell them they can’t take the drugs, they get extremely upset," he says.

So what should these people do?

"There's a huge unmet need for a new drug," Ng-Mak says.

As for people with migraines and one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease, Tepper advises talking to your doctor to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for triptans.

That includes men over 40 and women over 50, people with diabetes, or a family history of heart disease or stroke, and smokers, he says.

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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