Migraines, Cardiovascular Issues, and Triptans
There are seven medications in the triptan family-- Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, Amerge, Relpax, Axert, and Frova -- as well as Treximet, which is a combination of Imitrex and Naproxen Sodium. Each of the triptans binds to different combinations of serotonin receptors, which is why our bodies may respond differently to each of them.
The triptans have become the standard first choice for treating Migraine attacks. However, for those of us with cardiovascular disease (CVD), high risks for CVD, or a family history of it, the triptans are supposed to be contraindicated (not prescribed).
Have you ever wondered how Migraine experts feel about this? I certainly have, so I was thrilled to come across this video of several experts discussing this very issue...