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Dosing Information

The dose your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The specific type of triptan
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Triptan Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with triptans. However, not everyone who takes the medicines will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate them well. If people do develop side effects, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects of triptans include:
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Abnormal sensations, such as tingling, burning, or pricking (paresthesia)
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Throat or neck symptoms
  • Warm or cold sensations
  • Feelings of heaviness, pressure, or tightness (especially in the throat, chest, or neck)
  • Flushing (redness of the skin, especially of the face).
(Click Side Effects of Triptans to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
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