Triptans are not opioids (narcotics) rather, medication that stops the Migraineous process. There is a lot of confusion about all the different medications we can take to relieve our Migraine pain. There are acutally three different types; abortive medications that stop the migrainous process like triptans, ergotomines and DHE; preventive medications that prevent attacks and rescue medications such as opioids that we use when abortives can't be taken or don't work. For more information on these three types of medications check out this article:
How many days a week do you take something to relieve these headaches? This could be one of the problems - you see taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or ergotamines, excedrin and any kind of pain medication, -- prescription or over-the-counter -- more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this. Does this help any?
DHE, Migranal nasal spray, are abortives. Do you take your triptan at the first sign of a Migraine attack? That is when they are most effective- not to wait to make sure it is a Migraine...when we know it is one!!! We all do it , so I know how that feels. THe wait and see game. What kind of trouble are you having with the triptans? There are a few others to try - replax, amerge, cambria, and Axert.
Let me know, ok?
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