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Treatment preferences and the selection of acute migraine medications: results from a population-based survey

  • 1Email author,
  • 2,
  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7 and
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The Journal of Headache and PainOfficial Journal of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches5:80

  • Received: 25 November 2003
  • Accepted: 14 January 2004


Seven oral triptans are available for treating acute migraine. We surveyed US migraine sufferers on the relative importance of treatment attributes for choosing among oral triptans. A multiattribute decision model was used to combine data on the relative importance of efficacy, consistency, and tolerability of acute treatment (determined by 206 triptan-experienced and 209 triptannaive subjects) with data on the performance of the triptans across the attributes (derived from a recent meta-analysis). Efficacy was considered significantly more important than tolerability and consistency: tolerability was significantly more important than consistency for triptan- naive but not triptan-experienced subjects. The multiattribute decision model found that almotriptan, eletriptan, and rizatriptan were significantly closer to the hypothetical ideal triptan than the reference product, sumatriptan 100 mg, for both triptan-naive and triptan-experienced migraine sufferers. Almotriptan, eletriptan, and rizatriptan were the preferred triptans selected on the basis of patients’ own priorities and product performance data.

Key words

  • Meta-analysis
  • Migraine
  • Surveys
  • Treatment attributes
  • Triptans


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