Triptans: Not a magic pill

 

 

I wanted to look up the efficiency of triptans because it seemed to me that often, more often than not in fact, I would just get a dulling for a couple hours and then back to full blown migraine. Or it would work for a couple hours and back to full blown migraine.

This isn’t the magic pill we are sold on. The ABORTIVE that will ABORT our migraine 100% so we can continue on with our day. But it can do that. Just not the percentages I had always assumed. The response rate of any kind of pain relief was in the 60%. Completely free of pain at the 2 hour mark were in around averaging 30% and those that sustained it in around the teens, with no adverse reactions. Those that had a migraine again roughly in the 30%s as well.

The thing was I thought the response rate was around 80. With the ones getting 100% in the 60%. And occurrence around 20%. But it shouldn’t have surprised me because Many people have the same experiences as me, so these stats must be quite accurate indeed. Even the failure rate of around 40% seems roughly accurate.

Remembering we can only take these 3 times a week, regardless of how many migraines we get… I myself have been saving them for work days because I work 3 days a week. I have to say dulling my migraine for a few hours… not helping me get through the work day. Just saying. Weel, substantially worse when I worked five days a week and had days not covered at all.

So people have to understand, yes, we have a pill to take for our migraines but it isn’t a magic pill. The responses for every migraine vary. And we are limited in our capacity to take them.

 

 

Source:ย Treating migraine headaches with Triptans