How many different types of triptans are there?
There now are 7 different triptans available in Canada, and some have more that one formulation : injections, tablets to swallow, tablets that dissolve in the mouth, and nasal sprays.
They are listed in alphabetical order in the table below. If you are taking one, but are not getting an excellent response, it is worthwhile trying another. You likely will not want to try all of them, but if you don’t hit a home run, it is worthwhile trying at least 3 or 4, especially if your migraine attacks are severe enough to put you in bed or interfere significantly with your work.
It should be noted that for some of the triptans listed below, other lower dosages are also available. In some special circumstances, you doctor might use those. For each medication listed below, the trade name is given in brackets.
- The Seven Canadian Triptans: Commonly Used Preparations
- Almotriptan, Axert 12.5 mg tablets
- Eletriptan ,Relpax 40 mg tablets
- Frovatriptan, Frova 2.5 mg tablets
- Naratriptan ,Amerge 2.5 mg tablets
- Rizatriptan ,Maxalt 10 mg tablet
- Rizatriptan ,Maxalt RPD 10 mg orally dissolving tablet
- Sumatriptan ,Imitrex 50 mg and 100 mg tablets
- Sumatriptan ,Imitrex Injection 6 mg injection
- Sumatriptan ,Imitrex Nasal Spray 20 mg nasal spray
- Zolmitriptan ,Zomig 2.5 mg tablet
- Zolmitriptan ,Zomig Rapimelt 2.5 mg orally dissolving tablet
- Zolmitriptan ,Zomig Nasal Spray 5 mg nasal spray