Limit triptans to ONE per week?

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    I use 2-3 triptans a week for migraine headaches. I do have chronic migraine like headaches everyday. Recently I learned that ONE Triptan a week is to be preferred to reduce the risk of obtaining chronic daily headaches.

    What are your views on this ?

    Regards. Angela.

     

     

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    Dear Angela;

     

    The generally accepted rule of thumb is to limit medications, including triptans, to no more than two or three days a week in order to avoid medication overuse headache. For more information on this, please see Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires.

     

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Published On: February 12, 2010