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Different characteristics of triptans


Despite the pharmacokinetic differences among triptans and the variety of ways of administration, the clinical differences in everyday use of these drugs do not allow a largely accepted decisional tree. There are a number of comparative trials showing similar results with regard to efficacy, safety, and tolerability of these drugs. This means that the patient’s preference is one of the most important decisive factors in choosing one triptan over another. A good migraine therapy requires a balance between patient satisfaction and drug efficacy and safety. All the marked triptans show a good benefit-risk ratio, and comorbidity should be considered when choosing between different triptans.

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Correspondence to Luigi A. Pini.

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Pini, L.A., Brovia, D. Different characteristics of triptans. J Headache Pain 5, s109–s111 (2004).

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Key words

  • Triptans
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Efficacy
  • Safety
  • Anti-migraine drugs