Precautions and Warnings With Triptans
Who Should Not Take Triptans?
In general, you should not take a triptan if you:
- Are allergic to triptans or any inactive components used to make them. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
- Have a history of angina, including stable angina, unstable angina, or variant angina (Prinzmetal's angina).
- Have a history of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, TIA, or ischemic bowel disease.
- Have untreated high blood pressure (hypertension).
- Have used a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past 14 days (although not all triptans interact with MAOIs). MAOIs include:
- Have hemiplegic or basilar migraines (rare types of migraines involving loss of feeling on one half of the body or pain at the back of the head).
- Have taken ergot medications within the past 24 hours. Ergot medications include:
- Have taken a different triptan within the past 24 hours. Triptans include:
- Have severe liver or kidney problems.