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Triptans are a type of medication used for the treatment of migraine headaches. Although they cannot prevent migraines, these medicines can help relieve symptoms by narrowing blood vessels in the head that become dilated during a migraine. Triptans should be taken as soon as you have a migraine and are available in various forms. Side effects will vary, depending on the specific form, but may include nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth, or flushing.
- Triptans are meant to be taken during a migraine or cluster headache. Take your medication as soon as possible when you have a migraine or cluster headache.
- Most of these medications are taken by mouth, but some are available as injections, skin patches, or nasal sprays. Some triptans come as orally disintegrating tablets that dissolve rapidly in the mouth.
- Sometimes, your healthcare provider may suggest a second dose after waiting a certain period if your migraine does not go away.
- For triptans to work properly, they must be taken as prescribed.