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A number of side effects may potentially develop with the use of triptans, and heart problems are a rare but possible complication. Although heart problems were seen in less than 1 percent of patients taking triptans in clinical trials, the risk is much higher in people with a history of heart disease or have risk factors for heart disease. Therefore, you should not take triptans if you have stable angina, unstable angina, variant angina, or coronary heart disease.
- Temporary lack of oxygen to the heart (myocardial ischemia)
- A heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Change in heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- The heart stopping (cardiac arrest).