Expert Answer: Frequency of triptan use for migraine

Question: Is it dangerous to take Triptans several days in a row? I have been stuck in a migraine for days and have taken Triptan 2 days in a row. The 2nd day I barely got any relief. Today the migraine is still here and worse. I want to give it another try but not sure if I’ve had too much?

The biggest issue isn’t danger, but rather that it is unlikely to help so late in an attack. All triptans need to be taken early in an attack to work well. How early is early enough varies with individuals and may have something to do with how long you have suffered my migraines.

In a late attack, an anti-inflammatory medication might help. Sometimes intravenous medications are used to stop a late attack. Better speak to your doctor to see what direction to go.

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