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triptans and headaches

Gianni Allais, Chiara Benedetto
Migraine is a common neurovascular disorder, affecting millions of people worldwide. Current guidelines recommend triptans as first-line treatment for moderate-to-severe migraine attacks. Frovatriptan is a second-generation triptan with a longer terminal elimination half-life in blood than other triptans (~26 hours). Three double-blind, randomized crossover preference studies have been recently conducted, assessing efficacy and safety of frovatriptan versus rizatriptan, zolmitriptan, and almotriptan, respectively...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Kelsey Merison, Howard Jacobs
While the diagnosis of migraine in children is generally straightforward, treatment can seem complex with a number of medication choices, many of which are used "off label." Patients with intermittent migraines can often be managed with ibuprofen or naproxen taken as needed. Unfortunately, by the time that children present to our practice, they have often tried these medications without improvement. Triptans are frequently prescribed to these patients with good success. It is important to make the patient aware of the possible associated serotonergic reactions...
November 2016: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Benjamin N R Cheyette, Sarah N R Cheyette
We report a case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea subtype, characterized by daily 'morning rush' and episodic acute exacerbations brought on by common IBS trigger foods including insoluble fiber, red wine and large/rich meals. The patient also had a history of migraine headaches, and a family history suggesting a common diathesis for both disorders. Given hypothesized contributions to IBS from dysregulation of the enteric serotonergic system, a trial of low-dose triptan medication was implemented in the context of the patient's known IBS triggers, with highly satisfactory results...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Asra Akbar, George Nissan, Priyanka Chaudhry, Priya Rangasamy, Steven Mudrovich
We report a 41-year-old woman who developed histology- and colonoscopy-proven ischemic colitis with the use of naratriptan not exceeding the maximum 2 doses a day and 3 days per week and without a known medical or cardiovascular history. By exclusion of other causes of colonic ischemia, naratriptan was considered the sole causal agent. Discontinuation of naratriptan resulted in a complete clinical recovery. To date, our patient is the youngest known patient to develop ischemic colitis on isolated naratriptan in the setting of no known medical risk factors or predisposing medical condition...
October 2016: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
E M O'Sullivan, B Sweeney, E Mitten, C Ryan
Many headache patients self-medicate and choose their preferred analgesic from a range of acute analgesics available on the high-street and from community pharmacies. Little is known about their presenting symptoms, headache diagnosis and their preferred treatments. A questionnaire was distributed to community pharmacies in the Munster region of Ireland and was administered to patients requesting treatment for headache. A total of 1023 completed questionnaires were received, 76.7% (n=765) were female and 51...
2016: Irish Medical Journal
Ö Karadaş, A Ö Özön, F Özçelik, A Özge
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the efficiency of a single and repeated greater occipital nerve (GON) block using lidocaine in the treatment of triptan-overuse headache (TOH), whose importance has increased lately. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the study, 105 consecutive subjects diagnosed with TOH were evaluated. The subjects were randomized into three groups. In Group 1 (n=35), only triptan was abruptly withdrawn. In Group 2 (n=35), triptan was abruptly withdrawn and single GON block was performed...
September 26, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Huahua Jiang, Yong Deng, Yixin Zhang, Jieli Jin, Xueying Kong, Qiuwen Zhu, Kuiyun Wang, Jiying Zhou
BACKGROUND: Chronic headache (CrH) occurs commonly in the population, and chronic migraine (CM) accounts for much of the CrH. Diagnostic criteria for CM remain controversial, and this could lead to undertreatment of CM. The purpose of this study was to analyze the clinical profiles of CM and to field test the International Classification of Headache Disorders-3β criteria (ICHD-3β) and Expert Opinion criteria (EO) for CM application. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of CrH patients in our headache clinic during the period...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Eva Cernuda-Morollón, Nuria Riesco, Pablo Martínez-Camblor, Esther Serrano-Pertierra, Carmen García-Cabo, Julio Pascual
OBJECTIVE: To determine total pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) in peripheral blood as a potential marker of the activation of the parasympathetic arm of the trigemino-vascular system in chronic migraine (CM) in a case-control study. METHODS: Women older than 17 and diagnosed as CM were recruited. Healthy women with no headache history and women with episodic migraine (EM) served as control groups. Total PACAP and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) levels were determined in blood samples obtained from the right antecubital vein by ELISA outside a migraine attack and having taken no symptomatic medication the day before...
October 2016: Headache
Monira Alwhaibi, Arijita Deb, Usha Sambamoorthi
Objective. To examine the association between the cardiovascular (CV) risk factors and triptans use among adults with migraine. Methods. A retrospective cross-sectional study design was used. Data were derived from 2009-2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). The study sample consisted of adults (age > 21 years) with migraine headache (N = 1,652). Multivariable logistic regression was used to examine the relationship between CV risk factors and triptans use. Results. Overall, 21% adults with migraine headache used triptans...
2016: Pain Research and Treatment
S Ahmed, S Tabassum, S M Rahman, S Akhter, M M Rahman, F Bayes, S Roy
Recurrent headache is common in children. Among them migraine is the most common disabling cause of primary headache. It causes serious disability in child's life and family. It causes negative impact on their quality of life. Clinical characteristic of migraine in children differ from adult. It may be shorter in duration and bifrontal or bitemporal in location in contrast to adult which is longer in duration and usually unilateral. It is less common before 3 years of age. Males are more affected before puberty...
July 2016: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
Matilde Capi, Martina Curto, Luana Lionetto, Fernando de Andrés, Giovanna Gentile, Andrea Negro, Paolo Martelletti
Migraine is a multifactorial, neurological and disabling disorder, also characterized by several autonomic symptoms. Triptans, selective serotonin 5-HT1B/1D agonists, are the first-line treatment option for moderate-to-severe headache attacks. In this paper, we review the recent data on eletriptan clinical efficacy, safety, and tolerability, and potential clinically relevant interactions with other drugs. Among triptans, eletriptan shows a consistent and significant clinical efficacy and a good tolerability profile in the treatment of migraine, especially for patients with cardiovascular risk factors without coronary artery disease...
September 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
Gordian Hamerla, Peter Kropp, Bianca Meyer, Alessandro Rocco, Tim P Jürgens, Uwe Walter
INTRODUCTION: The involvement of the serotonergic system of the brainstem raphe in the pathogenesis of migraine is discussed. Here we studied brainstem alterations in migraineurs using transcranial sonography and examined their relation to clinical features and self-medication. METHODS: We investigated 51 migraineurs (11 men, 40 women, mean age 29.7 ± 11.9 years) and 32 healthy individuals without history of headache or depressive disorder (eight men, 24 women, mean age 34...
August 17, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Kristian Thorlund, Kabirraaj Toor, Ping Wu, Keith Chan, Eric Druyts, Elodie Ramos, Rahul Bhambri, Anne Donnet, Richard Stark, Peter J Goadsby
INTRODUCTION: Migraine headache is a neurological disorder whose attacks are associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia. Treatments for migraine aim to either prevent attacks before they have started or relieve attacks (abort) after onset of symptoms and range from complementary therapies to pharmacological interventions. A number of treatment-related adverse events such as somnolence, fatigue, and chest discomfort have previously been reported in association with triptans...
August 12, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Elise Davoine, Andreas Kleinschmidt
Although with an 11% prevalence migraine is a major public health problem, many patients are not satisfied with its handling by medical professionals. Migraine is a clinical diagnosis based on typically lateralized throbbing headache with nausea and/or photo- and phonophobia. It can in some be preceded by an aura with transient focal neurological symptoms. There are several "red flags" of clinical presentation, however, that should induce further examination with brain imaging studies. Treatment is based on identifying and avoiding provoking factors, on treating attacks with rescue medication (simple pain killers or triptans), on identifying conditions for a prophylactic treatment by one of several possible substance classes, and most importantly, on establishing a solid therapeutic relationship with the patient...
June 22, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
Mi Ji Lee, Hyun Ah Choi, Hanna Choi, Chin-Sang Chung
BACKGROUND: Caffeine has both excitatory and vasoconstrictive effects on central nervous system. Caffeine use might be associated with development and chronification of migraine. We aimed to evaluate the effect of caffeine cessation on the acute treatment of migraine. METHODS: We prospectively recruited migraine patients who consumed caffeine drinks daily and instructed them to discontinue their caffeine intake. Triptans were prescribed for acute treatment. Patients were followed up after at least two weeks after screening and evaluated the efficacy of acute treatment with the migraine assessment of current therapy (Migraine-ACT) questionnaire...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Elizabeth K Seng, Matthew S Robbins, Robert A Nicholson
OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of acute migraine medication adherence on migraine disability and acute medication satisfaction. METHODS: Adults with migraine completed three months of daily electronic diaries assessing headache symptoms, acute medication taken, acute medication satisfaction, and daily migraine disability. Repeated measures mixed-effects models examined the effect of initial medication type [migraine-specific medication (MSM) vs. over-the-counter analgesic (OTC) vs...
August 3, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Hossein Ansari, Leila Kouti
Treatment of headache, specifically migraine attacks, has always been a challenging subject, especially for neurologist and pain specialists. Triptans are generally underutilized, despite being the gold standard abortive medication for migraine attacks. On the other hand, opioid analgesics are overused as a treatment for headache. One reason for this could be physician unfamiliarity with drug interactions between opioids and other medications, especially the possibility of serotonin toxicity. The general awareness of potential serotonin toxicity with using opioid analgesics is low...
August 2016: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Bekir Enes Demiryurek, Devrimsel Harika Ertem, Atilla Tekin, Mustafa Ceylan, Yesim Guzey Aras, Belma Dogan Gungen
Chronic migraine causes a serious labour loss and disability in the society and increases the risk of depression and anxiety by negatively affecting the quality of life. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of onabotulinumtoxinA (BoNT-A) treatment on efficacy before and after treatment in our cases with chronic migraine as well as on depression, anxiety and disability caused by migraine. According to the International Headache Classification (ICHD-III beta version), 60 adult patients who were diagnosed with chronic migraine were included in the study...
July 14, 2016: Neurological Sciences
C Alfaro-Iznaola, D Natera-de Benito, R Rodriguez-Diaz, M A Taboas-Pereira, M Cuadrado-Martin, M M Ballesteros-Garcia
INTRODUCTION: Cluster headache is a rare cause of primary headache in children. We report four cases with a mean age of onset of 8.6, ranged from 2 to 13 years. CASE REPORTS: Three males and one female with onset at 2, 7, 13, and 12 years-old, respectively, were included. The symptoms of all patients fulfill the criteria for the diagnosis of cluster headache according to the International Society of Headache. CONCLUSIONS: Despite being rare during childhood, cluster headache should be part of the differential diagnosis of headache in childhood...
July 16, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
D M Torta, T Costa, E Luda, M G Barisone, P Palmisano, S Duca, G Geminiani, F Cauda
Medication-overuse headache (MOH) is a secondary form of headache related to the overuse of triptans, analgesics and other acute headache medications. It is believed that MOH and substance addiction share some similar pathophysiological mechanisms. In this study we examined the whole brain resting state functional connectivity of the dorsal and ventral striatum in 30 patients (15 MOH and 15 non-MOH patients) to investigate if classification algorithms can successfully discriminate between MOH and non-MOH patients on the basis of the spatial pattern of resting state functional connectivity of the dorsal and ventral striatal region of interest...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
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