Triptans are the newest and most popular type of migraine treatment. They include almotriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan, and are available as various different branded and generic migraine treatments from our Online Pharmacy.
Triptans work by constricting the widened (dilated) blood vessels in the brain that are thought to occur during a migraine. They may also stabilise the changes in activity of some brain chemicals that occur during a migraine attack. Tripans are an 'as required' migraine treatment; they are only taken when necessary to treat a migraine attack. Triptans can help to to halt the onset of migraine symptoms if it is taken at the correct time, at the beginning of the headache phase.
There is no best migraine treatment that suits everyone. All Triptans would probably work well in most people with migraine. However, there is some evidence to suggest that some are slightly more effective than others; but also, that side effects may vary between each different Triptan and each can have different levels of effectiveness in separate individuals.
Therefore, if the first Triptan you try does not work as well as desired, or causes side effects, after three seperate attempts it is definitely worth trying a different Triptan that may be more suited to you.
You should take your triptan as you start to feel a slight headache develop and not before. Triptans are effective at treating a migraine in its early stages and can prevent a full-blown attack, however they are not preventatives and should not be taken before a migraine occurs. Triptans are designed to work rapidly - within an hour or so, to treat migraines quickly.
When migraine symptoms begin:
There are no objective tests for migraine; the diagnosis is on the basis of the history and pattern of symptoms over time as well as response to any drug treatments tried. This is why keeping a migraine diary can be helpful.
Things that should be covered in a migraine diary are:
Migraines are most common in females; 75% of migraine sufferers are women. There is no known cause for the difference in migraine occurrence between the sexes.
Nausea causes poor absorption of tablets into your body and many people find it hard to take tablet treatments when they are experiencing nausea.
Prochlorperazine (Buccastem) is an effective and fast-acting anti-sickness treatment. It comes in a buccal tablet form; it dissolves between the gum and cheek, without the need to swallow. This can be useful if you feel sick and do not wish to swallow a tablet. Anti-sickness medicines work best if you take them as soon as possible after symptoms begin.
If you take painkillers, they may remain in your stomach if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting. This means they will not be absorbed well and you may even bring the tablets back up. If this is the case, use soluble (dissolvable) painkillers. These are absorbed more quickly from your stomach and are likely to work better. You can take anti-sickness treatment in addition to painkillers.
Taking painkillers or Triptans too often for tension-type headaches or migraine attacks can cause a condition known as medication-induced headache. It is also known as a medication-overuse headache.
It is a common cause of headaches that occur daily, or on most days. About 1 in 50 people develop this problem at some time in their life. If you find that you are getting headaches on most days and you are regularly taking Triptans or painkillers then you should discuss this with your doctor.
Changing blood sugar levels can be a trigger for migraines. To keep blood sugar levels stable try to ensure you:
It is a well-known myth that if you avoid chocolate, cheese and red wine, you won't get migraine. Although these can all be triggers for migraines, there are many different triggers and what may affect one person does not necessarily affect another.
For most people it is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which can trigger a migraine attack. Read the ‘Causes’ section above for more information on common trigger factors.
There may be a genetic predisposition to migraine, as it does tend to run in families although not everyone in the family will suffer with them. There are many factors involved in the occurrence of migraines, not all of which are understood. There will usually be a number of factors influencing whether you develop migraines, not just your family history.
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