Objective: To discuss the effect of the triptans on the quality of life of patients with migraine.
Data Source: Medline search of articles from 1981 to 2001.
Data Synthesis: Studies have consistently demonstrated a significantly higher quality of life among patients treated with a triptan compared with those given traditional migraine medications.
Conclusion: The impact of migraine on many quality-of-life variables can be similar to that of other chronic conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes. Patients with migraine who are treated with a triptan, a newer class of drugs specifically designed to treat migraine, may experience improved quality of life compared with those given older migraine medications.