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Which triptans are used to treat cluster headaches?

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Triptans can shorten your headache and give you pain relief. These drugs include:

Most triptans are pills. Some come as nasal sprays. You get others as shots. (Your doctor can show you how to do this at home.) You shouldn’t take triptans if you have certain heart or blood vessel problems.

  • Almotriptan (Axert)
  • Eletriptan (Relpax)
  • Frovatriptan (Frova)
  • Naratriptan (Amerge)
  • Rizatriptan (Maxalt)
  • Sumatriptan (Alsuma, Imitrex, Onzetra Xsail, Sumavel DosePro, Zecuity)
  • Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

From: Cluster Headache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Cluster Headaches."

Ashkenazi, A. , February 2011. Headache

UpToDate: "Cluster headache: Treatment and prognosis."

MedlinePlus: "Verapamil."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Cluster Headaches."

Ashkenazi, A. , February 2011. Headache

UpToDate: "Cluster headache: Treatment and prognosis."

MedlinePlus: "Verapamil."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

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