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Triptan Overuse Rebound Headaches
A MyMigraineTeam Member asked a question 💭

What do you guys know about triptan overuse headaches?

I just learned of them from a nurse at my neurologist’s office. This had never been mentioned before by my neurologist and he prescribes me 30 rizatriptans per month and 7 frovatriptans per month, which covers my 20 migraines (if they decide to work). However, I had no idea that by taking the prescribed medication as directed, I could actually be causing more migraines. But if I don’t take them, I’m in excruciating pain and am… read more

posted July 2, 2021
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A MyMigraineTeam Member

Most of my rebound headaches actually happened more from fioricet and tramadol, but I would occasionally get rebound from triptans too.

posted September 27, 2021
A MyMigraineTeam Member

Right. That's why everyone had such high hopes for the CGRPs. Supposedly no rebound headaches. Problem is finding a CGRP that works and you can afford.

posted November 9, 2021
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I have been dealing actively with migraines/clusters since 1995-1997. I have had GP and not headache experienced Neurologist tell me about rebound affect of migraine meds(NON caffeine and NON painkillers and NON addictive).
My neurologist in AZ who specializes in migraines/clusters( he and his family has them) has been a Heaven sent advocate for me.
All I can say about rebound of Tryptans and such is that I have used them since 1997 and never had a rebound from any of them. I can take a tryptan every day for a week or longer and then not have a migraine/cluster and then not take one and I am fine. If I have a migraine/cluster and don’t catch it w tryptan or such AND Alleve or Advil, I will be in the emergency room and being treated as a druggy. So I hope that answers it.

posted September 4, 2021
A MyMigraineTeam Member

@A MyMigraineTeam Member Eek that’s scary!

posted July 30, 2021
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I used to take my triptans all the time along with ibuprofen, then was told years later I could take no more than 3 of any kind of pain meds including the triptans a week or else it would cause rebound migraines.

posted July 26, 2021

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