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Clinical experience with triptans

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The Journal of Headache and PainOfficial Journal of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches and the Italian Society of Pain Clinicians2:21


    Many drugs are now available for treating migraine attacks, including agents specifically indicated for this condition. Since 1990 sumatriptan, the first 5–HT1B,1D receptor agonist, was introduced and realized a real breakthrough in therapy; other agents of this class of drugs called triptans have more recently been used. All of them are effective in relieving the symptoms of migraine, but each exhibits pharmacological and/or clinical features that must be considered for the optimal care and management of the patient. We present here a short overview on the main clinical features of the triptans already in use in Italy.

    • Triptans
    • Migraine
    • Clinical use
    • Sumatriptan, Zolmitriptan
    • Rizatriptan



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