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Any of a class of drugs that act as agonists of serotonin, result in cranial vasoconstriction, and are used for the prophylaxis and treatment of migraine headaches.

[From -triptan, triptan suffix, shortening and alteration of tryptamine.]


(Pharmacology) any of various drugs used to treat migraine headaches
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A combination of a triptan and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug appears to be more effective in treating the symptoms of migraine headaches that taking either of the medications individually.
Although many available triptans share similar efficacy, switching to a different triptan is reasonable should an adequate trial of 1 triptan be unsuccessful.
The introduction of the triptan group of medications represents a major advance in migraine management.
According to POZEN it is the first multiple mechanism triptan therapy for the treatment of migraine.
6%) reporting a triptan adverse event with any Zelrix treatment over the course of the 12 month trial.
While continuing to improve recognition of migraine in your patient population, pay particular attention to the adherence rate among those for whom you have prescribed a triptan.
PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time, the triptan, zolmitriptan nasal spray has been found to be effective in the short-term treatment of migraines in adolescents, Paul Winner, D.
In an open-label study in 43 patients, injectable sumatriptan--known to be the most effective of all the triptan drugs--alleviated 91% of 123 migraines in patients who had not responded to oral sumatriptan, Dr.