8/13/07 #6 - No triptans over 50?

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    I am a woman of 63 years and have had migraines for years. They have gotten much better since I got off of progesterone/estrogen and changed my eating lifestyle but I still get them every month or so. I have tried a lot of drugs and nothing works like the Imitrex shot that I took 10 years ago. They worked great but after awhile it lost it's effect. I would like to try some of the new triptans or even Imitrex again but I have been told that I am too old to take them. I am on atenolol 25mg & enalapril 2.5mg. I started the atenolol because of headaches when I was 50. My blood pressure now is well under control however. I am using but/apap/caf tab now to help with the pain but it does not allow me to lead a more normal life like Imitrex did. My family doctor says she doesn't know why I cannot take it but the neurologist says NO. Who can I believe!!! Any input would be appreciated. Thanks. Joyce.

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    Answer:


    Dear Joyce;


    From what I'm hearing and my experience in my practice, for patients in good health, age is not at all a barrier to newer or older triptans. I have 80+ year olds on them regularly for continuing Migraines. Your neurologist may be just overly conservative.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: August 13, 2007