Triptans for migraine abortion: does it work for you?
October 6, 2009 10:24 AM Subscribe
With regard to triptans, what defines victory over a migraine?
posted by sickinthehead to health & fitness (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am a longtime sufferer of migraine with aura and am currently cycling through various triptan drugs in the hopes of finding one that will abort my migraines. I have tried Maxalt and it did nothing for me, and am now trying Relpax. Last night I took it during the aura and this morning I have no headache, though victory so far is hard to define as I had the aura right before going to sleep for the night.
For people who have had success with the triptans, I have the following questions:
1.) do you personally define the triptan as working by complete abortion of the headache, or simply by some reduction in severity/duration? Have you ever been able to completely stop a headache in its tracks?
2.) how many triptans did you try in order to get an effect?
3.) do you have experience where one triptan didn't work quite as well as you'd hoped but not badly, and then you tried another one and found it to work marvelously?
I guess my main point here is in me trying to decide how far I should go with a given drug, when an "ideal" triptan for my physiology might be right around the corner and I'm just missing up by accepting whatever I'm on. Probably a deeper medical-philosophy question than applies to just triptans, but I'm looking for personal experiences.