06/18/07 #3 - Joint pain and triptans?

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    I started using Imitrex for migraines in 1992.  About 2 years ago I was switched to Zolmitriptan and it worked on my migraine but I started to develop joint pain, mostly my knees, after taking this medication.  I was also taking a statin drug and my doctor thought it was this drug causing my knee pain so I was taken off the statin for a while and then changed to Lovastatin.  The joint pain continued after taking Zolmitriptan for a migraine and my doctor put me back on Imitrex.  When I first went back to Imitrex all was fine but I am now getting some knee pain after taking Imitrex and I'm still on Lovastatin. Have you ever heard of this happening? Should I still be taking Imitrex? Joyce.

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    Dear Joyce;

    I have heard of pain coming from joints after statins, but am not aware of joint pain after triptans. My thoughts are that there are five other members of the family, so that perhaps one of the other medications could be tried.  Alternatively, there is a nasal spray form of dihydroergotamine (Migranal NS) that might be useful for migraines.


    Good luck in your search for relief,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: June 18, 2007