Warning About Migraine Medication Interactions

Triptans are often used to treat migraine headaches.  They reduce pain, as well as easing the nausea, sensitivity to light and motion, and other symptoms that often accompany migraines. 

Triptans work in about 60% of the people who use them.  Though they do not necessarily eliminate migraines, they certainly provide a lot of relief, usually within a couple of hours.  They actually provide more relief, as many migraine medications do, if taken upon the first symptoms of the onset of a migraine headache.

Triptans are usually quite expensive – somewhere between $21-$25 per pill.  There are only 7 triptans available, and none are offered in generic form at this time. 

There are, however, individuals who should be very careful taking triptans or not take them at all.  People – especially men over 40 and women over 50 – who have high cholesterol, diabetes, history of cardiovascular issues such as heart disease or stroke, or are overweight, should most likely not take triptans.  This also includes people with coronary artery disease and/or angina, as triptans can cause damage to the heart. 

Another warning about migraine interactions comes to those who take antidepressants.  There are a number of antidepressants that have adverse interactions and reactions to triptans.  If you are taking an antidepressant and you suffer from migraines do not take triptans unless and until your doctor and/or pharmacist determine that the antidepressant you are taking will not interact adversely with the triptan.  If there is the possibility of an adverse reaction or interaction, do not be dismayed.  There are other medications that can help you without this type of harmful effect.

Migraines are serious and debilitating.  There are, however, a number of different medications as well as other treatments that can ease your pain.  Talk to your doctor about the ways to control or eliminate your migraine headaches.

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