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It is important to be aware of the precautions and warnings with triptans before starting treatment. For example, triptans have been known to increase the risk of having a heart attack or vision problems. Also, triptans are not appropriate for everyone. Patients with untreated high blood pressure, severe kidney or liver problems, or a history of angina should avoid taking these drugs.

Triptans: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking a triptan, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Smoke
  • Have a family history of heart disease.
     
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
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