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Triptans -- Why Once?
Gal Ifergane, Itzhak Wirguin, Pesach Shvartzman
Posted: October 2006  
Headache 2006;46:1261-1263

Objective:   To evaluate triptan use patterns in a large Israeli HMO district.

Background:   Triptans provide an effective and safe relief of headache and accompanying symptoms during an acute migraine attack.

Method:   We retrospectively reviewed the computerized prescription filling data of 1498 patients who filled a first triptan prescription between July 2003 and June 2004.

Results:   During a 1-year follow-up period, 841 patients purchased triptans only once. Single-time users were significantly more prevalent among men and in patients younger than 30 or older than 70 years.

Conclusions:   It seems that many migraine patients choose not to use triptans after their first experience with the drug.