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How do triptans treat migraines?

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To stop the pain associated with migraine, it's important to take medication at the first sign a migraine is coming.

Many drugs can help, but the leading ones are called triptans. They come in different forms including dissolvable pills, regular pills, nasal sprays, and injections. They include rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others. Some of these drugs may work better for you than others. It may take some time before you and your doctor can find the right one.

SOURCES: 

Young, W. Demos Medical publishing, 2004.  Migraines and Other Headaches,

Blumenfeld, A. , April 2004.  Dermatology Clinic

Sheftell F. August 2005. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on August 17, 2017

SOURCES: 

Young, W. Demos Medical publishing, 2004.  Migraines and Other Headaches,

Blumenfeld, A. , April 2004.  Dermatology Clinic

Sheftell F. August 2005. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on August 17, 2017

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