Triptans

These divide into two groups:

Sumatriptan, Rizatriptan, Zolmitriptan, Eletriptan and Almotriptan have a higher speed of onset.

Naratriptan & Frovatriptan have a lower side-effect profile, and also possibly less chance of headache recurrence.

Interestingly, someone who hasn’t responded to one triptan still has an 80% chance of responding to another. (Which doesn’t sound quite right to me because I remember hearing that triptans only have about a 50% chance of working at all. Still, whatever the figure, the message is clear.)

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